Students Go Without Food to Help Hungry

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

Dozens of local teens are trying to feed the hungry by going without food themselves. They'll fast for 30 hours to raise money from sponsors for the event. More than 600,000 young people all over the country are fasting February 21-22.

"We have so much more than they do, and there are so many people that are starving," Sammy Habeck, a 15-year-old from Wausau East High School said.

About 20 young people fasted in a room at the Grace United Church of Christ in Wausau. The room was decorated with banners covered with handprints, 2,900 in total. Organizers say each finger represents one person that dies from hunger every day. The kids say it's nice to be able to do something for others.

"Maybe it's not a lot," said Habeck, "but it's a little bit, and it's something."

Millions of people participate in the 30-hour famine all over the world. World Vision organizers say since they've run this event, the number of people that die from hunger every day has dropped from 35,000 to 29,000.