Appalachian Path hikers stopping by the “nook of kindness” tent on the path part close to East Street. The tent has been arrange by the First Congregational Church UCC, and the Christ Trinity Church, the place volunteers serve meals and water to hikers. Picture courtesy of First Congregational Church UCC pastor Rev. Jill Graham.
Sheffield — For 3 years, volunteers from the First Congregational Church, the Christ Trinity Church, together with different church buildings within the space, have helped hikers alongside the Appalachian Path.
Volunteers from the teams have arrange a “nook of kindness” tent on the path part close to East Street, an space the place volunteers prepare dinner burgers, sizzling canines, and serve water to hikers touring alongside the path.
Rev. Jill Graham, pastor for the First Congregational Church UCC, stated that teams of volunteers from each native church buildings serve hikers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the summer season, whereas visitor volunteers from different church buildings serve hikers on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
“We needed to flip teams away this yr as a result of this program has change into fairly well-liked,” Graham stated. “We’ve got had 21 completely different teams from the world volunteer on this program. By the point the hikers get to our ‘nook of kindness,’ they’re all in a spot of exhaustion. They’ve depleted their water provide and they’re ravenous.”
Rev. Graham stated that this yr volunteers have helped out hikers who’ve come from Australia, Malaysia, England, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
“It is only a profound expertise to assist out individuals from all around the world,” she stated. “To know that you’ve impacted an individual’s life in a great way by acts of easy kindness means so much.”
“This yr, now we have heard from the hikers that lots of the common water sources that they often get alongside the path have all dried up because of the partial drought,” Christ Trinity Church Rev. Erik Karas stated. “We have been setting out additional water over on the Shays’ Insurrection a part of the path.”
Rev. Karas stated that the time period Appalachian Path hikers use for a majority of these acts of kindness is “path magic.”
“Each hiker who comes into the tent is simply overwhelmingly grateful and blissful to see us,” Rev. Karas stated. “It is only a nice feeling to have the ability to give some kindness to people who find themselves going alongside their means on the path.”
“In a damaged world, it is profoundly rewarding to see that we are able to do issues that may make a distinction,” Rev. Graham stated.