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Weston youth help fight world hunger

Many Weston seventh grade girls were among those who participated in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine at Norfield Congregational Church.

Many Weston seventh grade girls were among those who participated in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine at Norfield Congregational Church.

Every day nearly one billion people go hungry and more than 20,000 children die from hunger and preventable diseases. In an effort to prevent this number from increasing, Weston teens from Norfield Congregational Church participated in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine.

James Hastings, Brandon Postlewaite and James Velgot.

James Hastings, Brandon Postlewaite and James Velgot.

From 7 a.m. on a recent Friday to 1 p.m. the following Saturday, 20 sixth through eighth graders fasted from both food and social media to help them learn about the effects of global hunger.

The teens also participated in a food drive at Norfield Congregational Church and Weston Town Center. And they cleaned and dusted the sanctuary at the church.

As part of the weekend event, 30-Hour Famine participants raised $6,500. To raise the money, the kids solicited friends, family and neighbors to contribute money for each hour they fasted. The money they raised will help feed 216 children for a month.

The funds were split between the United Church of Christ’s “One Hour of Great Sharing,” and World Vision. Both organizations work directly to combat world hunger.

World Vision works in nearly 100 countries and helps nearly 100 million people every year. Since 1992, it has raised $150 million for those in need.

Annika Morgan and Audrey Braun passed the time paying pool at the World Vision 30-Hour Famine.

Annika Morgan and Audrey Braun passed the time paying pool at the World Vision 30-Hour Famine.

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