Students "WILL STARVE FOR FOOD"

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Area young people plan to live in cardboard boxes and hold a 30-hour famine to raise their awareness and funds and on April 24 - 25.

World hunger is 100 percent preventable and teens from Mercer County are ready to be a part of the solution. In a couple of weeks, area teens will join the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation and  "WILL STARVE FOR FOOD" -- the theme for World Vision's 30-Hour Famine this year.

By going without food for 30 hours they will get a taste of what the world's poorest children and families face everyday.

Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. Groups will perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in their own community as well. One project will be to go door to door to ask for canned goods for the local food pantry and the Mercer County Family Crisis Center.

Everyone participating will meet April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Aledo First Baptist Church front lawn to set up their cardboard camp where they can bring their own large box and roll of duck tape if they wish. The famine will end April 25 at 7 p.m.

Sign-up has begun, but if the students would like to receive a T-shirt, registrations need to be in by April 9. Contact David Langum 582-7618, Jeremy Melvin 582-7812 or Zach Glenn 582-2169 for information.

Funds raised by 30-Hour Famine participants help feed and care for children in poverty-afflicted countries around the globe. Additionally, a portion of funds raised support World Vision's efforts to assist families in need in the United States. Funds collected will be contributed to World Vision's response in areas where famine, conflict, and other crises make children vulnerable to hunger and preventable disease. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised more than $118 million, representing countless saved lives. World Vision works in 100 countries, helping approximately 100 million people every year.

While wars and natural disasters all over the world dominate the daily headlines,  behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 26,000 of the world's children a day.

Right now, more than 840 million people around the world don't have enough to eat. Annually, more than nine million children under the age of five die from disease and malnutrition as a result of hunger.

Visit www.30hourfamine.org or call 800-7-FAMINE for more information.

About World Vision -

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world's poor regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.  For more information, visit www.worldvision.org.