Youth group to hold 30-hour fast for hungry

ALBANY, Ga. -- It could feel like a long time between breakfast and lunch, especially if there is no breakfast — or lunch, or dinner either.

Members of the Youth Ministry at River Road Church of Christ are willing to go 30 hours without foot to bring attention to the problem of hunger.

According to Jessica King, 19, vice president of the River Road Youth Team, the church’s current effort to help the needy is based on World Vision Inc.’s national “Overcome Hunger” campaign to help defeat hunger by going without food so others won’t have to.

Twenty or more group members will launch their 30 Hour Famine food drive Dec. 20 and 21 at the Recreation Building of their church, 2023 Martin Luther King Drive. The purpose of the drive is to generate awareness and donations of canned goods and money for Second Harvest of South Georgia, Albany branch, King said.

“We know that Hunger is an issue,” King said, “and (fasting for 30 hours) just takes it to another level. We really, really, really wanted to put our hearts into this one.”

According to Lauren Phillips, also with River Road Church, the group was still deciding what organization would benefit from a church effort when she read in The Albany Herald that food donations to Second Harvest were down and people were in danger of going hungry. Although canned goods may be donated at any time, Phillips said Dec. 21 will feature movies, music and games, as well as educational talks on health, hygiene and spirituality.

“The participating members will be there that day, helping out,” Phillips said. “They’ll start their fast after school on Thursday and won’t have anything at all to eat until about 10 p.m. on Friday.”

Phillips said that while the participants would bypass solid food, they would be given plenty of water and juices to keep them healthy. Nurses will be present to address potential problems.

“None of our group has ever known real hunger,” King said, “and we thought it would be good to feel what others who are less fortunate experience every day.”

According to sources at World Vision, Inc., (www.worldvision.org) the Washington, D.C. Christian humanitarian organization is active in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. It works to provide disaster relief and long-term solutions to alleviate poverty.

For information concerning the River Road Church of Christ 30 Hour Famine, call King at (229) 669-3278 or Phillips, (229) 255-9811.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 11 months ago

Another bunch of misguided Bleeding Hearts doing their own thing for Somebody and Nobody at the same time. I hope you feel better when it's all done, kids. Meanwhile why don't some of you actually go to the "needy" handout organizations and watch who comes and goes and what they are wearing and what they are driving and report back to us.

PS .. If you go 30 hours without eating then it's only because you don't know how to work the "System" and you don't have the right ..."qualifiers"... to get approved for free stuff. You might want to contact Velvet Riggins or Gloria Baker to get some tips on that. Good luck!!


Ihope4albany 2 years, 11 months ago

Dear Sister_Ruby,

I agree that the youth could do something else other than a fast to help, such as a food drive at their church.

But P.S., the comments about Velvet Riggins and Gloria Baker have no place, and its continual comments such as these that continue to keep external employers from making Albany a choice for operations.

There is an old saying, "If you don't have something nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all."


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 11 months ago

So you are saying it's my comments about the lying and stealing done by persons in Authority in Dougherty County that are keeping external employers away from Dougherty County.......uhhhhh......as opposed to the actual fact that there is lying and stealing done by persons in Authority in Dougherty County?


FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 11 months ago

I would rather read a story like this--at least the kids are trying to understand what it's like, than read one more home invasion story or a story about a black man shooting at a kid, or an armed robbery or thugs trying to take over this city. This is the first positive story I have seen about young people in Albany in quite sometime. Before you can help someone, you need to walk in their shoes. Let the kids find out what it is like to go to bed hungry or wake up hungry....kids you have my support and my canned food. Will see you this weekend!!!


AuntieDee 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree for the most part, but since you are naming races, let's include the white men who moleste children, sells child pornography, creates Meth labs, and kills 28 innocent children and adults in an elementary school. I welcome the children to fast.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 11 months ago

And the cheating teachers and FRM stealers who are PRINCIPALS at the schools. They should all be found guilty and punished to the full extent of the law. Right, AuntieDee? Of course you agree as one who wants us to focus only on white folk.


FryarTuk 2 years, 11 months ago

There is and has been an awfully flawed understanding of social welfare in our country. Raising the consciousness of youth and teaching them not to be selfish is so very important. The good feelings and warm-fuzzies are so enticing. The rub comes when the handouts finally settle in as useless followed by disallusionment, distance or anger. We may have passed the tipping point with the current generation but not with the future if we find a way to engage a social contract -" if we do this with you and then you do that for yourself." The only way out for these lost souls is education and probably different than its current definition (IMO). The mention of Gloria Baker and Velvet Riggins by sister is absolutely relevant and so much so that they must be taught as the antitheses of responsible public agencies (as it is in their cases).


Nous_Defions 2 years, 11 months ago

Off Topic slightly but here is what one of our Nation's founfers said about Welfare:

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor (29 November 1766).


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