Teens will fast 30 hours to help fight hunger, poverty


February 22, 2000|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HUNGER AND poverty are not topics most people willingly focus on, but this weekend they will be all some teen-agers think about.

More than 65 young people from Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church and Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church will go without food for 30 hours Friday and Saturday to help fight hunger and poverty around the world.

The teens will join thousands of others across the United States in the annual World Vision 30-Hour Famine.

Participants are asking family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them as they go without food.

As part of the effort, local teens will minister to people at the Lutheran Refugee Resettlement Project and at a men's shelter, both in Baltimore. The teens and leaders will bring necessities such as toiletries, clothing, bedding and cleaning supplies to the shelters Friday evening.

The young people will also be at a half-dozen area businesses on Saturday afternoon to help make the community aware of world hunger and to gather donations for the 30-hour fast.

"We're trying to focus on bringing awareness to the community," said Bob Jacoby, youth group leader at Wesley-Freedom. "We're bringing the attention of the community to other less fortunate parts of the world."

The youth groups have been holding fund-raising activities. The 10 members of Holy Spirit's youth group raised $457 through their "Souper Bowl Sunday" collection, in which parishioners put donations into soup pots after church services.

"This [fast] has been an event which has energized our youth," said Mark Klimovitz, Holy Spirit youth group leader.

About 20 members of St. Stephen's youth group raised more than $3,000 two weeks ago with a youth service auction and luncheon.

A Super Bowl sub sale by the Wesley-Freedom group brought in $300, and a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is expected to raise more than $500 for the relief effort. The Wesley-Freedom youth group has about 50 members, 35 of whom will participate this weekend.

Last year, more than $8 million was raised by about 600,000 young people in the United States through the World Vision 30-Hour Famine. World Vision is a privately funded, international nonprofit Christian relief and development organization.

Beach week

A bit of summer came to Sykesville Middle School last week as pupils, staff and teachers celebrated Beach Week.

Organized primarily by food service manager Geri Poole, the weeklong event was aimed at lifting the winter doldrums. "It's basically a fun thing to do in the middle of winter," said Poole. "It's bringing the whole school together around the theme."

Visitors to the cafeteria were treated to the beach scene that the art classes created, including large paper palm trees and beach paraphernalia.

The lunch menu was also geared to the warm-weather theme with a surfer's special, beach picnic, boardwalk lunch, fish bake, and pizza and movie day. Local businesses helped with donations of video rentals and movie and pizza coupons.

Museum schedule

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History has modified its schedule.

The museum will be closed to visitors Sunday so that workers can attend the Small Museum Winter Conference in Ocean City.

The museum will also be closed March 19 while the annual Spring Walk takes place. Museum workers will guide tours through three areas of town. The walks are free and open to anyone.

Information: 410-549-5150.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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