THAYER -- The Extreme Teens for Christ from the New Life Church in Thayer are taking a different approach on world hunger.
On March 24 and 25 approximately a dozen teens from the youth group at the church will participate in a lock-in in connection with World Vision's annual 30 Hour Famine because of their concern about what hunger means for children living in poverty. The lock-in will take place at the church.
"More than 29,000 children die every day from hunger and other preventable causes. It takes only $30 to feed and care for a hungry child for a month, and $380 to feed a child for a year," said Brittany Brown, a member of the youth group.
"When we do the 30 Hour Famine we know our group can make a difference and change the lives of children forever. My goal is to feed at least two children for a year. I'm determined to bring that 29,000 number down," Brown said.
Brown said the teens in her youth group would be asking for sponsor donations as they go 30 hours without food. They will be experiencing real hunger and during the lock-in participate in group activities that can help them better understand life in developing countries.
They will also be taking part in contests, games and community service projects to help others in their community.
The youth will be collecting food to take to local shelters and also working at the shelters.
The Extreme Teens are also participating in another fundraiser, Wireless Redemption. They are collecting and recycling old cell phones. The youth group will be paid for every cell phone turned into Wireless Redemption. The phones may be taken to the church or to Brown's Furniture in Mammoth Spring through the end of April.
The youth group will also be having a spaghetti supper fundraiser April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. At 6:30 p.m. a girls ensemble from Faith Assembly Christian School in West Plains will perform.
For more information on the upcoming 30 Hour Famine lock-in interested persons can call Jackie Brown at 417-264-3027.