Saturday, March 21, 2009

Good Stuff in TEC: Connecticut

Teens fast to fight hunger

More than 40 Ridgefield youngsters are getting a taste of hunger this weekend as they participate in the annual “30-Hour Famine” that includes a car wash Saturday morning.

Between 8 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday, 42 teenagers from Jesse Lee Methodist and St. Stephen’s Episcopal churches are going without solid food in an effort to raise money for and awareness of world hunger.

“It’s a neat concept because the kids involved get to experience hunger,” said Neal Bowes, youth minister at Jesse Lee, who is working on the effort with Ali Burnside, youth minister at St. Stephen’s.

The event really started last Sunday when 45 middle and high school students built and erected 1,200 small wooden crosses on the lawn of the Methodist Church at Main Street and King Lane.

One sign amid the crosses says, “Hunger kills 1,200 children under age 5...” and the other, “...every hour.”

The 30-Hour Famine included a concert Friday evening for the participants. On Saturday morning at Jesse Lee, the teens will have a public car wash from 9 to noon. At 2, participants will break their fast with a lunch.

Mr. Bowes said the 42 teenagers who have signed up is “a pretty high number. The kids have really grabbed a hold of this and want to respond.”

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