30 Hour Famine participants, from left, Isabelle Habersteck, Victoria Nicholson, Mikaela Terhune and Emma Goodell pose in front of cardboard boxes they used to build a shelter in Thayer Park.
continued Zach Driscoll, part of the Zambia group, has been a participant for four years. “It's a nice way to give back,” he said. It “opens up your eyes” to things that you wouldn't otherwise see.
Becky Coerper, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, said, “The kids' spirits are amazing, given how hungry and sleep-deprived they are. Anything that you can experience makes it real.” She praised the cooperation among the local church leaders of the 30 Hour Famine to make the event possible and enjoyable for the kids.
Colleen Smith, one of the collaborators, said that it was a great experience. “The kids have been really enthusiastic. Nobody's been complaining [yet] they're hungry, but they know they'll be getting a meal at six o'clock,” Smith said.
She pointed out how most people in the world suffering from hunger don't know when they will have relief. “We're trying to keep them busy so hunger's not the focus,” she said.
Kim Driscoll, another leader in the Famine, also commented on the great attitudes of the participants. “I thought a shanty town in the rain could be really hard,” she said. “[But] things have just worked out. If they weren't into it, it could be very awkward and very frustrating.”
In the afternoon, the teens split up into more groups to participate in service projects, and later more fundraising activities including a bottle drive.
By 5 p.m. Friday, the event came to a close with a worship service at St. James, followed by a meal to break the 30-hour fast.
By the end of the event, $2,000 had been raised by the participants, and St. James will continue to accept donations until Friday, May 4.
Erika Rudl is an Eagle newspapers contributor. She can be reached through the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.