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Youth on mission spruce up Warren Co. properties

Among the dozens of YouthWorks mission teenagers helping spruce up the exterior of The Pillars July 9 are (left to right): Meghan Thomas, Morgan Jenkins, Lexi Rivera, Andrew O'Hara, and Megan Iannello. All are from northern Ohio. The YouthWorks teens, a total of about 400 over seven weeks this summer, are fixing up properties of people in distressed circumstances as well as public sites.

Among the dozens of YouthWorks mission teenagers helping spruce up the exterior of The Pillars July 9 are (left to right): Meghan Thomas, Morgan Jenkins, Lexi Rivera, Andrew O'Hara, and Megan Iannello. All are from northern Ohio. The YouthWorks teens, a total of about 400 over seven weeks this summer, are fixing up properties of people in distressed circumstances as well as public sites. Photo by Thom Randall.

Children’s sessions held daily

YouthWorks is also conducting “Kids Club” Monday through Thursday afternoons at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Warrensburg. Open to all area children ages 5 through 10, the sessions — from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — feature games, Bible lessons, arts and crafts and other supervised activities on site.

Parents can bring their children and register on the spot, or pre-register by calling Andrew at (972) 998-9386.

Community cookout; all invited

The YouthWorks participants are also holding a community cookout each Thursday through Aug. 2 at First United Methodist Church on Main St., and all local residents are welcome to attend. The cookouts feature complimentary food and fellowship. Youthworks leaders said it was a way that the teen volunteers can connect with the local citizens and learn about the their lives as well as the town.

YouthWorks leader Rebecca Graber of Lillian, Alabama said she enjoyed the mission in Warrensburg because of the area’s scenic beauty as well as the attitude of its residents.

“I love the mountains — and the hospitality of the people here make me feel like I’m at home,” she said.

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