Published March 9, 2017
ATLANTA—Holy Spirit Prep student John Arnold, 18, was saluted for his service to help hungry Atlanta students. Kelsey Fleming, 17, who attends Marist School, earned the award for creating bibs that allow caregivers to spend more time engaging with children and adults with severe disabilities.
It was the ninth annual celebration of 20 Under 20 honorees by Atlanta InTown.
Arnold created a sandwich ministry in the summer of 2015 to serve lunches to impoverished children who count on lunches supplied by the public school system. He gathered friends and classmates Thursday nights to prepare the lunches. The next day, he delivered the lunches to the children enrolled in the summer sandwich program known as Smart Lunch Smart Kid. Almost 3,000 lunches were distributed to the young students.
Continuing a tradition, the Atlanta Hawks recognize a “True to Atlanta” honoree who has provided outstanding community service in Atlanta. In March, the team picked Arnold to be its honoree.
Fleming founded Bumble’s Bibs (bumblesbibs.com), named for her late grandmother, Bumble, who died from a motor neuron disease. The brainstorm came during a 2014 trip to Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica. Kelsey and her mom fed meals to severely handicapped children and adults.
What she saw there was bibs could keep the residents more comfortable by helping them stay clean and dry. In turn, caregivers would spend less time cleaning and more therapeutic time with the residents.
She recruited volunteers to sew and deliver the bibs. Approximately 800 bibs have been delivered to the Mustard Seed care facilities.
It was InTown Atlanta’s ninth celebration of 20 Under 20 honorees. The publication asked public and private schools along with service organizations and the public to nominate students who have been active volunteers in their communities.