Teens trading crosses for donations to assist local families

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — As the Easter holiday was unfolding, starting with the observance of Good Friday, a small group of local teenagers were canvassing the downtown Elizabethtown area with the hopes of exchanging hand-made crosses for donations.

Those donations will be turned in to Westside Christian Center and get used to assist local individuals and families in need.

“We went on mission trips and saw families that didn’t have money and could celebrate holidays,” said Savannah Rodriquez, 14, of Elizabethtown. “Our family was in the same situation at one time, but a lot of prayer and help from others got us out of hat — so we want to do the same for someone.”

Rodriquez and her sister Mia, also 14, spent most of Good Friday doing their good deed door-to-door in the business district. The two were armed with about 50 hand-made crosses they themselves created as part of their youth group project.

“I feel like everyone should have a chance at a better life and to celebrate holidays like Easter,” Savannah said. “Things happen to people that isn’t their fault, and we should help try to help them.”

The group was hoping to raise at least $300 during the project.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or cvincent@bladenjournal.com.

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W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal