WESTFIELD - A 30 hour famine, sponsored by World Vision, was recently held in Westfield.
A total of 60 teenagers from Westfield and West Portland joined together to fast for 30 hours. During this time, their goal was to raise money, serve the community and help to bring awareness and hope to the hungry around the world.
The event began with a food drive where the participants went from house to house collecting non-perishable items to help replenish local food banks. During the second day, teams of young people went into different areas of town to provide assistance to others. Some of the areas which benefited from these services were Absolut Care of Westfield, Springwood Apartments, the Westfield Community Kitchen, food pantries, snow shoveling for those who were unable and anywhere else people needed help and/or encouragement.
Pictured with Kent Knappenberger are some of the youth who participated in the 30 hour famine standing behind a table loaded with some of the non-perishable food items collected and donated to the Westfield Food Pantry. From left to right, they are: Brandon DeJohn; Mariah Culver; Peter Manzella; Nicholas Bausam; Lydia Robertson; and Miranda Warner.
Over $6,000 was raised from all of the area churches and thanks are also in order to all who helped contribute in other ways.
The fast was broken Monday evening, Jan. 21 with soup and bread provided to all who participated. Bread was provided by Better Baked Foods, juice was donated by Welch's and, last but not least, soup was made by parents.
This project illustrates a very supportive and world-minded commitment the youth of the community look forward to participating in each year.