It’s something like our thirteenth year of participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. And over those years, we’ve probably had a couple of hundred kids participate with us, all giving up food for 30 hours in order to raise money and awareness for hunger. And speaking of money, in those thirteen years, our Youth Group has raised around $22,000 dollars, including the over $1,000 that we raised tonight.
Speaking of tonight, these are the 16 amazing students that participated in the Famine this year. We could not be prouder of their hard work and dedication to raising awareness and funds for world hunger. Each one went an entire 30 hours of not eating any food which probably made sitting through lunchtime at school today pretty challenging.
But they did it, and they survived quite nicely. So tonight, during the final hours of the Famine, we invited them to meet up at church to join us for a game called “People Hunt at Tanger.”
The game was mostly self explanatory. Each group of students had 16 people (from our church) that they had to find at Tanger Outlets. These people would be either walking or shopping or sitting all throughout the mall. Some were even in disguise. And it was the job of the groups to walk around and find these people. They obtained signatures and an individual “secret word” from each person who was hiding.
Here’s a picture that I snagged off Facebook of some of the people who were hiding at Tanger. I personally walked by Mike Remski (in the green poncho) twice without realizing it was him.
Ellee and I were two of the people who were hiding out. We eventually caught up with our friends Jayme and Ellis and their sweet little girls and decided that instead of hiding out, we’d hang out with them while waiting to be found by the students.
We may have stopped by the Lindt Chocolate store. And Willa may have had a chocolate or two. But I know that I’d never judge her, because I’m sure we all can relate to enjoying chocolate so much that if it ended up like this we really wouldn’t care. Sweet Willa sure didn’t seem to mind, which was awesomely admirable if you ask me.
Our fun little group was discovered quite a few times. Once was by these awesome kids, who in addition to finding all but three people for the hunt also had time to stop into Harry and David’s for a few bottles of the world’s best root beers (Thomas Kemper). Jeremy was in all of his Northwest glory.
After the game was finished, Ellee and I had to rush back to order and then pick up the celebratory “end of famine” pizzas. I would have called in the order, but like much of the country lost cell service for some reason this evening. Thankfully, all Michaelangelos of Eastport needed was thirty minutes to produce the nine pies that we ordered. I literally drove into the church parking lot at 8:59pm, a minute before the Famine ended.
The kids polished off most of the pizza along with a few bags of chips and four sodas. The record for slices eaten was seven and in the end everyone was well fed and happy, having completed 30 hours of the Famine.
We are so, so proud of our students and all that they accomplished this year.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, we ended up having a three way tie for the People Hunt at Tanger. After a spelling tie breaker (teams were asked to spell Paskiewicz, which was the hardest last name of one of our people from the hunt) Kyle and Carson took home the big prize of this huge Lindt ball filled with tiny Lindt chocolates.
Over all, we thank and praise God for a very fun and very successful 30 Hour Famine. A huge congratulations to everyone who participated!