As of Saturday, May 4, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- On April 28, the middle schoolers of Berkmar United Methodist Church were recognized for sacrificing for people they've never met -- and probably never will.
The group of 10 fasted for 30 hours to raise money for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to "working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice."
"I know for them, they fasted for 30 hours -- that's a long time for this age group -- it really connected them to the need they are raising money for," the Rev. Wesley Sanders said. "They've never experienced something like that. It helped them to see the importance of being aware (of hunger)."
Under the guidance of youth minister Katie Garren, the preteens raised more than $4,000 from people in and out of the congregation.
During last Sunday's service, the Garren and the group created a paper chain each representing $5 raised with a name of a hungry child.
As the first time the youth has done this under Rev. Sanders' time at the church, he plans to get more involved with the local community in future.
"Some of the kids are excited about doing this again next year," he said. "We want to do some Action Ministries with its Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program that feeds hungry school kids through the summer."