, Newburyport, MA


March 29, 2013

'I try to do what I can'

Youth, adults band together to raise poverty awareness


“When you’re used to eating a lot, it can be kind of weird,” Faucher added. “But if you keep the focus on God and keep the focus on serving, it makes it a lot easier.”

“I have a little bit more empathy, day-to-day,” Hanke said. “When I see homeless people in the streets, I think about donating to a food shelter. I try to do what I can.”

The middle of the fast will feature a youth event beginning at 6 p.m. Friday that includes a concert by the band Fighting the Influence. The young parishioners will spend Saturday morning performing community-based projects.

Adults can take part in the juice fast or a pair of service projects on Saturday as well. Participants will travel to North Andover to help repackage medical equipment to be shipped to Third -World countries, and to Haverhill to work on a benefit for the homeless.

On Sunday, guest speaker Cindy Bauer, president of Kupenda for the Children, a nonprofit organization for special needs children in Kenya, will be speaking at both the morning services. Also, on Sunday, a shoe drive, “Shoes for Water,” will begin. Community members are asked to donate used shoes in good condition to be sent to mission groups for distribution. The money raised from the shoe sales is then used to build wells.

IF YOU GO What: Poverty Awareness Weekend When: April 5 to April 7 Where: Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St., Newburyport

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