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IBC youth to raise money for homeless

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In addition, the students will walk through several neighborhoods around Lebanon to collect canned goods for the Help Center. Saturday afternoon, Reynolds said the students would prepare to spend the night on an empty lot owned by the church at the corner of West Spring Street and Castle Heights Avenue.

We are going to build a temporary homeless shelter there, using cardboard boxes and the students will spend the night there, he said.

Similar to other fundraisers, the students have been collecting pledges and donations from friends, family and neighbors in exchange for each hour of the fast and volunteer work.

All the money raised by the students will be given to the Bridge Ministries, which ministers to and feeds the homeless of Nashville, and to Kare 4 Kids, a program that feeds countless homeless children in Kenya.

Reynolds said on Saturday night, the students will engage in devotion and Immanuel Sunday School teacher Greg Holbrook, founder of the Miracle Power non-profit, will talk to the students about the work the organization is doing in Kenya.

This can give our kids an idea of what the needs are locally and abroad, Reynolds said.

He noted on Sunday morning, the students would attend services at the church, coming directly from their shelters across the street.

The students are only allowed to bring two carry-in items for the event, a sleeping bag and a plastic bag with another item they may need such as a water bottle, pillow or a clothing item.

At 11:15 a.m., the students will be provided with lunch in the church gymnasium, ending the 30-hour fast period.

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