Little Flower CYO is kicking off another year of religious education with their annual "Amazing Race." This year, the CYO will be working with the Rugby Lions Club to gather gently used eyeglasses.
On Saturday, October 29, between the hours of 7-9 p.m., CYO members will be going door-to-door. Instead of hearing "trick or treat," residents will hear, "Do you have any eyeglasses to donate to the Rugby Lions and CYO?"
There will be approximately six teams of CYO members racing through town collecting contributions.
"It feels really good to give back to the community," Jacob Blessum, CYO president, said. "Last year, when we collected coats, we didn't physically distribute them. We worked with Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, and they sent us back letter about how one of the moms was struggling to pay the heat bill or buy her kids winter clothes. [With our contributions] they could help her do both."
CYO stands for Catholic Youth Organization and teaches values in three areas: Spiritual, Social, and Service.
"Growing up with CYO, since we were in 7th grade, every year we have done something new with service," Hannah Hoffert, CYO senior member, said. "One year, we went to a soup kitchen and helped there. For me, mentally, it's helped a lot. It's kind of been that thing that's followed us since we were little."
This year's eyeglass donations will be repurposed by the Rugby Lions Club.
Community members who wish to donate can wait for CYO members to come to their doors on October 29, or they can drop off donations at Little Flower Catholic Church throughout the month. Please clearly label drop-off items as CYO Donations.
The officers for CYO's 2016-17 term are: Jacob Blessum, President; Madison Uhlenkamp, Vice President; Trenton Sanford, Secretary; Kellie Swanson, Treasurer; and Maria Blessum, Senior High Representative/Historian.