Brian Angell, one of the chaperones, said the Warrensburg youths were scattered among a variety of work groups so the children could broaden their experiences and get to know others from around the country. Brian said he was touched that one homeowner, where painting work was underway, was impressed the children were willing to paint for her. She told the children her son was in jail and she was so thankful that they wanted to help her out.
Logan Webster, a St. Cecilia's teenager, said he was fascinated listening to people's stories. Molly Webster recalled that she and co-workers painted a bench at a home for unwed mothers and the residents were happy the kids put their hand prints on the bench as an enduring reminder that they had visited and worked there. The teens noted that even though they were expected to wake up as early as 6 a.m. and had to endure cold showers, they enjoyed the mission trip.
Brian Angell noted the teens were indeed Good Samaritans in their work, and they witnessed real poverty at some of the sites. Welch said the teenagers now are seeking to accomplish work projects here in Warrensburg to help local elderly and those who can not do things themselves.
"We can make a difference here, too," Welch said.
Monroe Memorial Fund raiser
The Jeremiah Monroe Memorial Golf Tournament, named after the Brant Lake soldier who sacrificed his life in the war in Afghanistan, will be held Aug. 7 at Green Mansions Golf Resort in Warrensburg. Start times are 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Following golf, a barbecue pig roast with a deejay providing music for your listening pleasure will be held at 6:30 p.m. The proceeds of the tournament will go to the Wounded Warrior Project for servicemen and servicewoman injured in combat. To register, contact Ron Walker at 494-7222 or Robert Monroe Jr. at 518 681-1744.