Skid-row-style box cities aren’t common in La Cañada Flintridge, and neither is serious hunger. But this weekend, members of La Cañada Unified Methodist Church built a shantytown on Oak Grove Avenue and deprived themselves of food in an effort to put the focus on hungry children elsewhere in the world.
Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 20 youths, 14 and older, and their chaperons from the church drank only water and juice, slept outdoors in cardboard boxes on the church grounds, and raised funds as part of World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine program.
Karyn Kemmerer, one of the church’s teen co-leaders for the event, said Friday the participants already had raised more than $1,000 toward their goal of $3,600. Kemmerer said the $3,600 figure was picked by the participants. According to World Vision, that’s enough to feed 10 children for a year. This year’s funds are heading to the Horn of Africa, said Kemmerer.