Teens Answer Call to Serve Haiti

[caption id="attachment_2290" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Kentucky teens Drew Henderson and Nathan Crow model t-shirts that they are selling to raise funds to pay for a shipment of donations to Haiti."][/caption]

By Analiz G. Schremmer

KENTUCKY—Last summer, two teen boys decided they wanted more than a spiritual high from camp.

“I went to Kanakuk this summer and the theme was ‘Get a Dream,’ so me and my friend Nathan realized that we were tired of being lazy,” said Drew Henderson,16. “We’d go to camp every year and our spiritual high would fizzle out and this year we wanted to change that and go beyond; so that was the start of everything.”

Henderson and Nathan Crow, both 15, began their efforts by shipping Christmas bags to children in Haiti in October 2009.

“After the earthquake hit, the school was completely destroyed,” Henderson said.

He added that once he and his friend learned about the quake, they got in touch with Buckner and decided to collect $5,000 to ship a container full of aid to Haiti. Then they began visiting churches to share a video they put together, talk about the need and collect funds. They also made shirts that they purchased for $2 and sold for $12 to raise money.

“We called a bunch of churches and most of them said no, but one of them called me back. So we went to Perryville Baptist and they raised $2,200,” Henderson said. “I felt God’s presence there. Because we are just teens visiting a little country church and what are the odds of that?”

“We have $4,800 so far,” he said, adding that his girlfriend teaches dance lesson and plans on having a benefits recital to help collect more funds.

To learn more about the ways you can help with continuing Haiti Relief efforts, visit www.buckner.org/HaitiRelief or call 214-328-7463.

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