Bidders examine gift baskets Saturday at the St. James Church festival.

Bidders examine gift baskets Saturday at St. James' church festival.

A teddy bear accompanies a tabletop announcement of how festival proceeds would be used.

A teddy bear announces how festival proceeds would be used.

LIMERICK PA – A group of eight youths, ages 13 and 14, now are a financial step closer to helping the homeless this August.

St. James Lutheran Church, at the corner of Kugler Road and Swamp Pike, on Saturday (June 6, 2009) held a well-attended strawberry festival and basket auction to benefit its Youth Mission program. Group mentor Donna Longobardi said the kids will use proceeds from the event to pay for their travel to and stay in Elkton MD in two months’ time, where they are scheduled to work at a transitional shelter for the homeless.

Group members had several different mission opportunities from which to choose, Longobardi said. They voted for the shelter “because that seemed important to them,” she noted, obviously proud.

It takes a lot of people to work an event as large as the one at St. James. The youth group was there, of course, making strawberry shortcakes and smoothies from scratch at a food table inside the church’s George Ziegler Fellowship Hall. Other volunteers helped answer questions and take bids on more than 90 packaged gift baskets donated by area merchants. Still others manned carnival-like games and activities outside in the church parking lot.

Mission activities have become a big part of life for the church’s teens. Since 1999 it has hosted local youth mission ventures to Williamsport PA, East Bank VA, Miami FL, an adult camp for the handicapped in Indiana, Indian reservations in South Dakota (twice), and a day camp in Chicago.

At the festival's dunk tank; think her aim was pretty good?

At the festival's dunk tank; think her aim was pretty good?

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