Illinois youth group spends mission week in KCK at Crosslines Incorporated

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Doing God's work. That's what a group of youth volunteers are accomplishing in Kansas City this week, according to one of their chaperones.

Thirteen young adults from the Wood River Presbyterian Church in Wood River, Ill., are spending their mission week in Kansas City. On Monday morning, the 10 girls and three boys headed to the Crosslines Community Garden near 7th and Shawnee in Kansas City, Kan. The youth spent the morning shoveling, hauling and raking mulch.

Leroy Duncan is one of the chaperones on the trip. He said the kids enjoy working outside, and working together. 

"They are learning a lot, learning about the grocery aspect, food pantry aspect, feeding people and helping out," he said.

Nancy Moylan couldn't agree more. She's been volunteering at the garden for five years. She said last year, the garden produced more than 5,000 pounds of crops. 

Moylan said the produce helps feed the hungry in the area, and that she's grateful to all the volunteers who work in the garden each year.

"The heart of the organization is volunteers. It's alive because of volunteers," she said. "Today, these kids mulched all of our paths. Now if it rains, we can still work. That's hugely important to us."

The Wood River youth group will also work in the food pantry and help serve lunch to the hungry during the week.  They are staying at a local Presbyterian church.

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