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A 'beary' good project

Youth collect for a good cause

Youth are good at collecting things. And at American Lutheran Church, Grand Junction, Colo., they are "beary" good at it.

The Sunday school classes collected 300 stuffed animals, surpassing their goal by 250. Children in Chile and Argentina who undergo surgery for cleft palate and cleft lip will receive the bears.

Classes at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Faribault, Minn., have mastered collecting too. When the youth heard that one box of crayons cost about $5 in Russia, they collected notebooks, scissors, pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners, erasers and crayons to make 101 school kits for Russian children. They also donated $1,449.93 from their offerings.

Then they collected $1,186.18 for Living Hope Ministries, an inner-city ministry in Minneapolis.

After the '97 floods, they used $462.78 from their offerings to replace Bibles at Augustana Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N.D.

In other projects, youth from:

  • Apostles Lutheran Church, Gloucester, Va., gathered 1,096 items for the local food pantry.
  • Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Anaheim, Calif., collected enough pennies to make 24 school kits for children in Africa.


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