B'ville family aims for Peru

The Trinkley-Wolfson family wants to help children in Peru.

To do so, they are asking for the community's support through a spaghetti dinner and magic show fundraiser held this Saturday. Proceeds from the event will help Joyce Trinkley-Wolfson and her two children, John, 18, and Lizzie, 15, pay for their trip to Lima, Peru.

"While we are going to Peru to represent our church, we are also representing our hometown of Baldwinsville, where we have lived for over 20 years," Joyce said. "We will be bringing photos of our town, and we will also share with the residents of Peru how our community nurtures a sense of connection via the many organizations and many events that are held."

Joyce and her family have spent years giving back to the Central New York community through clothing drives for Syracuse residents and refugees, a food pantry and actively supporting Paige's Butterfly Run. Through their church, Christ Community United Methodist on Stiles Road, the family partners with other churches for one-time or short-term mission projects.

"Nationally, we have sent multiple teams to New Orleans, and a group of youth went to West Virginia a few years ago," Joyce said. "Internationally, we have sent groups to Costa Rica, Uganda and Zimbabwe."

For the Peru mission, the family will visit Colegio-Trener School, a private school with kindergarten through 12th grades that has prepared students for college for more than 30 years. The school emphasizes the importance of children becoming fluent in English by the time they graduate. Joyce, a certified special education teach, will work with students to help them learn to speak English. John, a professional magician, will perform and teach his craft to the students while his younger sister will spend time with the younger students. The family will stay with teachers and their families for almost three weeks in July.

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