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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Region 8 Teens Headed to Help Katrina Victims

December 22, 2005 – Posted at 4:39 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- This is the 30th year for Youth In Action, which is sponsored by the Southwest Church of Christ here in Jonesboro. Normally, students and adults from all over the mid south come to Region 8 for a three day conference, but this year, Hurricane Katrina changed things.

“These people need us, they need our help, and they really trust us right now. And we need to step up to how good we can be. And I think by doing this, we get to help people, and help ourselves,” said high school Junior Steven Ramsey.

Ramsey is part of about 100 volunteers from Jonesboro headed to the Gulf Coast. His mission as part of Youth In Action...to lend a helping hand.

“We're sort of thinking of this youth in action as on the job training. they get to go back and experience that hands on contact with the residents of the gulf coast that are in need, and we just hope that that will be an experience they will take with them for the rest of their life,” said youth minister Ashleigh Givens.

“We'll get to be with each other, and hang out and stuff, but we will get to be helping people too,” said Ramsey.

The volunteers will convene in Hattiesburg , Mississippi ...from there, they will be sent to various gulf coast communities. And for many hurricane survivors...it's an early gift.

“Teenagers have such a capacity for service and compassion. We think they are going to be a real encouragement to the citizens who have been through so much on the Gulf Coast. We just hope it will be a good Christmas gift for the people down there,” said Givens.

The Youth In Action group has already donated more than $30,000 to help buy materials, tools and supplies for this relief effort. The group will leave Jonesboro just after Christmas and spend three days helping clean up.

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