WOODBURY – The Prince of Peace Parish Youth Group and Mission Team is conducting a fundraiser that ties into Lent and spring cleaning.
The idea of 30 Bags for 30 Days is that for 30 days during Lent, you would take some time to go through closets, bins, and dressers and take one item that you no longer need and place it in a bag.
After 30 days, you would have at least one filled bag of items to donate, explains Sandy Vas, the Youth Ministry and Mission Coordinator at Prince of Peace Parish.
The Youth Ministry will collect the bags before and after masses on March 17 (4 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila) and March 18 (8 a.m. at Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila).
Though 13 gallon bags were given out to parishioners and guests who attended masses starting on February 24 and 25, the Youth Group is accepting donations from the community. Those items include clean clothing, shoes, coats, linens, pillows and stuffed animals. The Youth Group receives 20 cents per pound.
The Youth Group and Mission Team is raising funds to send a group of teens and adults away for a week on a mission trip to Scranton, PA in late July.
On the mission, the group will help those who are struggling to care for their homes. Some are handicapped or disabled, others are just not strong enough to do the work, and many are having a financial difficulty that prevents them from doing necessary repairs to their homes and neighborhoods.
Projects include indoor and outdoor painting and building ramps, decks and restoring roofs. Throughout the week, there are also morning and evening programs that encourage a closer and deeper relationship with Jesus, as well as meeting with peers from other Youth Groups throughout the United States.
The Youth Group also recently raised money by holding a Valentine’s Day dinner dance in Bethlehem. It included 5 50-50 raffle, a general prize raffle, and a silent auction.
Also, at the Knights of Columbus Food and Wine Pairing in December, some of the Youth Group members helped as servers. The Knights (who serve at the Church of the Nativity) generously donated $1,000 from their proceeds to help defer the costs of the mission trip.
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