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Amazing Race to help homeless

By Staff | Oct 20, 2017

Submitted photo Little Flower CYO President Alissa Volk (left) and Vice President Nathan Livedalen plan this year’s Amazing Race project. This year the CYO is seeking new/gently used blankets, which will be given to Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead, Minn.

Rugby residents’ doors may be knocked on just a few days before Halloween.

Instead of trick-or-treaters, it will be youths seeking donations to help the homeless.

From 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 28, members of the Little Flower Catholic Youth Organization will be going door-to-door throughout the community during their annual “Amazing Race.” This year, they are seeking new or gently used blankets. Once collected, the blankets will be taken to the Churches United for the Homeless shelter in Moorhead, Minn., to provide warmth for Fargo-Moorhead-area homeless population.

CYO Vice President Nathan Livedalen said the youth group chooses groups to help out based on which have the greatest need which changes every year.

The CYO traveled to Moorhead over the summer and worked in Churches United’s shelter, where they learned that during the winter months Fargo-Moorhead area churches open their doors for homeless persons to stay overnight during the worst months of winter weather, when space at shelters becomes full.

“In their building, they have this huge wall that’s usually stacked from floor to ceiling with blankets,” said CYO Treasurer Kimberlee Leier of Churches United, adding Churches United distributes blankets to homeless persons staying overnight in churches. “This year their blankets are [running] really, really low.”

According to Leier, the process for this year’s Amazing Race begins at Little Flower Catholic Church. This year’s race follows the groups NET Retreat, which goes from 1-6 p.m. that day. Participants split into groups, and each group has a driver and is assigned to a certain part of town.

“We kind of make it into a game. Whoever can get out and back the fastest with the most number of blankets and in first wins,” Leier said.

Livedalen added that while each group goes around town, they also must attempt to solve a series of clues, with the last clue leading to more blankets for their teams.

This year’s group of officers also have involvement in the race. President Alissa Volk coordinates which groups go to which part of town, while Livedalen aids Volk in getting things set up for the event. Leier takes a head-count of participants. Secretary Trenton Sanford helps where needed. Historian Anna Clements documents what the group has done throughout the year.

In last year’s Amazing Race, the CYO helped the Lions Club collect eyeglasses.

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