IMG Academy Volunteers at Harvest Pantry

A Sense of Happiness

Around this time of year, the spirit of giving is alive. It’s the perfect time to show gratitude. With so much to be thankful for, it’s important to bless others the way we’ve been blessed ourselves. If you think receiving gifts feels good, imagine how it feels to give one.

We often give gifts to show people we care, but there are many ways to give. Volunteering is one way IMG Academy students are giving back. Not only does giving back bring joy to others, but it also gives you a sense of happiness.

IMG Academy students bagging food at Harvest Food Pantry
Giving Back at Harvest Pantry

On October 20, five amazing individuals from IMG Academy volunteered at Harvest House. IMG Academy’s Student Engagement Coordinator, Mandi VanKeuren, and four student-athletes arrived at the Harvest Food Pantry bright and early to help package food and load it on the truck for distribution.

Giving is Contagious

Weeks later, IMG Academy returned, but this time, with several friends. When asked why they volunteered,” one student said, “I volunteer because knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life through my actions is the greatest thing.”

IMG Academy Off the Field 

Eureka Webb, the operations manager at the pantry, was beyond grateful. “They were so helpful. I can’t believe how fast we finished; it was such a blessing,” she said. IMG Academy is known for excellence on the field, but what they’re doing off the field shows what they’re really made of.

IMG Academy students at Harvest Food Pantry
About Harvest Food Pantry

Every Thursday, the Harvest Food Pantry distributes an average of 50 lbs of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and dry goods to each family. The Harvest Food Pantry is also a resource for other local nonprofits and special outreaches, group homes for foster children and the elderly, and Harvest House clients. To learn more about Harvest Food Pantry visit,

IMG Academy student handing out bags at Harvest Pantry
5 ways you can give like IMG Academy
  • Organize a local charity event
  • Donate used items
  • Volunteer your time
  • Recycle
  • Spread good news
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