2009-04-30 / Local & State

Area Youths Raise $2,500 For World Vision

Participate in 30-hour famine
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Youth and adult leaders from the Students Maintaining Accountability Youth Group of the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church have raised over $2,500 in the last month for World Vision, a world hunger organization.  Youth and adult leaders from the Students Maintaining Accountability Youth Group of the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church have raised over $2,500 in the last month for World Vision, a world hunger organization. Over a period spanning four weeks, an area youth group based in McConnellsburg, along with their adult advisors, has raised an estimated $2,500 to battle poverty and hunger.

Members of the Students Maintaining Accountability (SMA) Youth Group with Mc- Connellsburg United Methodist Church have been actively fighting hunger for the last month and even got a small taste of what it's like to go without over the weekend during their annual 30-hour famine.

According to youth coordinator Jeremy Fletcher, the group has used various fundraising schemes to net $2,500 for for World Vision, a world hunger organization. Of that amount, $500 was raised in the last two weeks and included a fundraiser known as "mad cow," that entails community members paying to have a wooden cow cutout placed in the yards of unsuspecting family, friends and fellow community members. The recipient of the cow must pay to have the wooden cow removed, said Fletcher, who joked one person even asked if he could have one of the wooden cows used by SMA Youth Group returned to his residence.

Fletcher noted the figure of $2,500 is a significant number to remember as a child dies in the world every three seconds due to hunger. For less than a dollar, a child can be fed and, in this case, 2,500 can live for another day, he said.

As part of participating in 30-hour famine April 24-25, 28 members of SMA Youth Group lived in a city constructed of cardboard boxes. They also spent their time without food going door-to-door helping elderly within the community with roof repairs, painting outbuildings and completing housework.

The group is continuing to solicit funds for World Vision over the next two weeks. Residents of the community wishing to make a contribution can send a donation to World Vision c/o Mc- Connellsburg United Methodist Church, 121 North Second Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233.

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