Youth group to raise awareness of hunger and collect for pantries

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The Jr. High Youth Group of Paradise United Church of Christ, Louisville, will be living in cardboard boxes, bringing awareness to, and learning first-hand, what it might be like to be homeless and hungry the weekend of April 13-15.

Part of the group's goal is to help find solutions to the problems of homelessness and hunger. The participants will try to collect 2,000 non-perishable food items that will be distributed to several area missions: the Louisville Community Cupboard, Hope Outreach Ministry in Canton, and New Beginnings and A-First in Alliance.

In these tough economic times, the demand for food donations has increased noticeably, and each of these organizations is struggling to meet that demand. The project participants believe that neighbors should help neighbors, and every donation helps a family in need.

Pastor Marilyn Roman of Hope Outreach Ministry will speak at the event on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. The community is invited and encouraged to come and participate.

Donations can be brought to Paradise Church, 619 East Main Street, Louisville, at any time during the event from Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, April 15, at noon.

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