Bradford, Vt., Dinner to Benefit Haiti Mission
Austin Cassidy and Amelia McIntire, members of the youth group at Grace United Methodist Church pick squash at Newmont Farm last September. The youth group is raising money for a mission trip to Haiti this spring. The farm and the church are in Bradford, Vt. Sandy Cassidy photograph
From left, Scott Gratacos of Charlestown, N.H., Hunter Hall of White River Junction, Vt., and Nathanael Shields of Canaan, N.H., compete in the 200-meter snowshoe event during the Upper Valley Special Olympics at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, N.H., on January 25, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson)
Jacob Patneaude, 16, of Whitefield, N.H., competes in the slalom snowboarding event during the Upper Valley Special Olympics at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, N.H., on January 25, 2014. Patneaude and his brother Joe Patneaude, 18, competed in the same three snowboarding events, and it is their third year competing in the Special Olympics. (Valley News - Will Parson)
Bradford, Vt. — A spaghetti dinner set for Feb. 8 is the latest in a series of student-led fundraisers to support a church youth group’s mission trip to Haiti.
It will follow a 24-hour “famine” in which the students will refrain from eating, also to raise money for the trip.
Sydney McIntire, a member of Grace United Methodist Church youth group, is organizing the trip with the help of youth group leader Sandy Cassidy.
She came up with the idea after Cassidy asked the students what they wanted to do “to make our youth group more relevant,” said McIntire, 16.
The group will spend April break working on stainability initiatives in the Caribbean country. About a dozen people are expected to take part, including McIntire’s father, , and twin sister, Amelia.
The youth group has done mission work in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, repairing homes owned by elderly and disabled people, but this will be their first international mission, said Lori McIntire, Sydney’s mother.
They have been working since June to pull together the trip, holding various fundraisers, including a 5K race and pie sale.
The students, who attend Oxbow High School, became connected with Haiti a few years ago, when the youth group held a fundraiser to support earthquake victims in Haiti, Cassidy said. To pay for the trip, they need to raise a total of about $5,300.
“We are a little over halfway,” Cassidy said. “I’m not panicking yet.
The dinner will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Admission is by donation. For more information, contact Cassidy at 802-222-4979.— Aimee Caruso
A spaghetti dinner to support a mission trip to Haiti will be held Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Bradford, Vt. An earlier version of this story gave the wrong date.