Switzerland, France, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas. These are just a few of the countries Falmouth’s Allison Deyo has already crossed off her bucket list.
And in a few short days, she will add Nicaragua to the list. But this trip will be unlike the others. She will be traveling to the Central American country not for a vacation, but to serve others in need as part of a mission trip through Cape Cod Church in Falmouth. “I enjoy traveling, but [this time] I wanted to do something meaningful and serve a community,” Deyo said earlier this week.
She will depart with 12 other members of the church next Tuesday and will spend seven days helping with the construction of Sandino Church in the capital city of Managua. The group will also devote their time to working with families and children.
This trip represents the latest philanthropic endeavor for Deyo who sits on the board of the nonprofit Wings for Falmouth Families which her mother Lisa Asendorf founded in 2003. The organization provides financial assistance for local families experiencing a medical crisis or tragic event.
The inspiration for creating Wings was Deyo’s childhood friend Amber Bailey who passed away from leukemia in February 2003 at the age of 12. “We saw the strain in how their father had to continue working through that horrible situation so we wanted to do something to help other families who go through similar crisis events,” Deyo said. “It’s very rewarding and parents are very appreciative that the community cares for them at a time when they don’t know where to look for help.”
Earlier this week, Deyo started a new job as the head of youth ministry at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth, another avenue where she can use her talents to help others. There she will oversee all children’s events, Sunday school programs, the church’s nursery, child care program and mission trips.
As she made last minute preparations for her trip to Nicaragua, Deyo talked about the importance of charity in her life. “I don’t want to sit at a desk and do a corporate job. I want to give back,” she said. “I want something meaningful in my life that consumes every day.”
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