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Fundraiser Helps Local Kids Help Others

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Another chance to check some items off your Christmas list at St. Leo's Church in Grand Island Sunday was also a chance to help local kids help others.

Mitch Fisher and his dad make customizable cell phone cases.

"The inserts are all blank and we create them ourselves," he said.

It's just one of the products that could help get Fisher to Montana next year as part of Young Neighbors in Action.

"We're able to go on a mission trip somewhere; and help people out and do good for the community," said the Grand Island Senior High student.

Central Nebraska teens have been doing that for the past 15 years.

"Last year we went to east St. Louis and we got to work with underprivileged kids," said Mariah Woodward, a Grand Island Central Catholic student. "These kids were so excited to see us and we just made a difference in their lives."

They've also dug trenches at a wildlife sanctuary in Wisconsin and helped at a convent in New Mexico.

"I feel that if I can help somebody they can also help another person in the community and it's kind of a chain of acts of kindness," said Aurora High student Alexa Stauffer.

But, in order to do that they have to raise about $700 each. They put on fundraisers like Sunday's Women's Day Shopping event to help with the costs.

"We get people who are not able to go on the Young Neighbors National Trip with us to get involved with it," said Woodward.

The group of 24 kids and five adults will also hold a middle school fun night at St. Leo's Church over Christmas break to raise funds.

You can contact the church for more information.

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