MANATEE -- A church group is experiencing 30-hours 0f “famine” this weekend as part of a fundraising effort for the hungry and homeless.
Young members of Faith United Church of Christ of Bradenton, 4850 State Road 64 E., are trying to raise money for World Vision and the nonprofit Manatee Children’s Services, which aids needy children, said Aaron Guglielmo, 18, of Bradenton, who is a graduating senior this year at the Manatee School For The Arts.
About 13 plan to join the effort.
The group began fasting at noon Friday and plan to continue 30 hours, until 6 p.m. today. They intended to drink only water through the fast.
Some also planned to sleep outdoors in sleeping bags or on boxes, with adult supervision, of course.
“We want to experience what kids who are hungry feel like,” said Michelle Morrell, 17, of Bradenton, also a graduating senior at the Manatee School for The Arts.
The young people are seeking money from friends and family in conjunction with the fast and sleep-out, they said.
Kaitlin Morrell, 19, of Palmetto, who has participated in such events, said, “I wake up and say, ‘I want breakfast,’ and you can’t have any.”
The weekend will also involve community service and shopping for nonperishable items for Manatee Children’s Services’ “Street Outreach” program.
A youth-led service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, said Ina Bingham, youth/young adult leader.
Those ending their fast will dine on cornbread, beans and rice, she said.
“After you eat, you feel so good,” said Guglielmo.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.