Teens Find "Link" to Help World Hunger

By: Evan Fitzgerald
By: Evan Fitzgerald

It fills the church with color, but it serves as a holiday reminder of those less fortunate.

"Its colorful and it looks very Eastery, but it also reminds us that there are people out there who suffer," said Chris Carr, the Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church.

"It" is a massive paper chain consisting of 29,000 links, one for each child who dies from world hunger daily.

"It puts it into perspective about how many people die from hunger every day. It makes it real to us," said Lauren Sheets.

The church is selling each link for a quarter, in hopes of raising more than $7,000. The money will be donated to local and world hunger relief efforts, but it wasn't easy.

"They decided to fall down, and so our youth leaders decided to put them up again, and they fell down again," said Heather May.

With almost 30,000 links to put up, the teens needed a little help.

"One of the grandmothers took chains to the wrestling meets and stapled them in the bleachers," said Carr.

But they know all that hard work will make a difference.

"Yeah it will make us feel like we really did something and that people do care about hunger in the world," said Sheets.

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