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Trumann boys raise money to feed hungry kids

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT)- Nearly 20 percent of Arkansas households struggle with hunger according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service's annual report. But two young men from Trumann are trying to combat those numbers by raising money to feed kids in the community.

Nearly one of five Arkansas households struggled with hunger between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report.

Fourteen year old,Garrett Ray and 21-year-old Ryan Ragan said they saw a need in the community so they knew they had to take action.

"We've been seeing a lot of kids come through and the biggest thing we see is that they're hungry," said Ragan.

The two Trumann boys put together Vision 20/20. They are asking for sponsors to donate $20 dollars and in return the boys will ride their bike 20 miles.

"Together we've raised about $1,000 dollars," Ray said.

He said they see a lot of kids come to their church hungry.  

"On Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings we feed the kids breakfast and on Wednesday nights and Sunday nights we give them a meal too, so it will go right to that and that's what they will use it for," Ray said.

Ragan said he saw Garrett's vision on Twitter and knew he wanted to help.

"It's kind of like a tear jerker because you see how hungry these kids are and they do only get one or two meals a day and that is at school so that's the benefit of doing this 20 for 20," he said. "There will be little kids like 40 or 50 pounds and they will eat like 4 or 5 hot dogs a piece."

And on Tuesday the boys will ride for the cause.

"We are doing a 20 mile bike ride, so all of our sponsors that's donated and sponsored us $20 or more they will see the benefit of what we get to do," Ragan said. "We have a couple of businesses but we also have a lot of individual sponsors."

So far they have received donations from Jackson Hewitt in Trumann, RDM and Alert America in Little Rock.

Ragan said he is confident they will reach their goal.

"God multiplies the benefits and it's awesome."

First Pentecostal Church in Trumann feeds kids on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor in the ride you can mail donations to 20/20 P.O. Box 237 Trumann, AR 72472.

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