Spirited youth group collects food
While Halloween is a holiday known for children going door to door asking for candy, Hillsboro youth trick or treated last week not for candy, but for food for those in need.
“All the Hillsboro area youth groups get together usually the Wednesday before Halloween and we collect as much food as we can,” Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church youth pastor Cord Worth said. “We ask people to put a bag of non-perishable food on their front porch or door and we come by and try to collect as much food as we can.”
“Trick or Treat so people can eat,” which benefits the Main Street Ministries food bank, had a successful turnout, with more than 100 youth retrieving more than 1,200 pounds of food.
Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church youth group member Brooklyn Wiens, who has participated all four years of high school, said it was a fun evening.
“It’s great seeing members in our community help others in need,” Wiens said. “It’s also really exciting seeing all the churches come together to pick up food.”
Along with helping those in need, Worth wanted the event to show youth how much of a positive impact they can have on the community.
“I hope they can see that serving the Lord can be fun,” Worth said, “and when you do it together with such a large group, you can get a lot accomplished.”