World Vision 30-Hour Famine

Janejila Snider, 16, left, and Christine Ecker, 12, pass out information during World Vision's 30 Hour Famine. The group had a hunger protest in Old Town Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, between De Lacey and Fair Oaks avenues, on Friday, April 26. 2013. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Staff Photographer / April 26, 2013)

Twenty local youths participated in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine April 26-27, fasting throughout the period and collecting money to feed starving children. One highlight of the event was a protest against world hunger Friday night in Old Pasadena.

The locals represented La Cañada United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church in the Foothills and Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church. In addition to fasting and attending the protest in Pasadena to inform passersby of the plight of impoverished children, they also spent time over the weekend collecting donations of food and money in front of the Ralphs stores in La Cañada and La Crescenta. They were able to provide 240 sack lunches to needy people in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park and 65 bags of food to the MEND food bank in Pacoima.

According to Marie Henry, a spokesperson for La Cañada United Methodist Church, fund-raising efforts in conjunction with the drive will continue for two weeks, with the local youth groups earmarking their donations for World Vision’s work in Zimbabwe. They hope to raise $3,600, the amount needed to feed 10 children for one year. To make a donation, visit support.worldvision.org/goto/crescenta-canada. Or write a check made out to World Vision and mail it to La Cañada United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 667, La Cañada Flintridge 91012.

-- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com

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