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CYO prepares for an ‘Amazing Race’

By Staff | Oct 19, 2018

Although the Saturday before Halloween may be a busy time for parties, Catholic Youth Organization members have plans that night to run through Rugby neighborhoods and ring doorbells for a good cause.

Little Flower Parish CYO’s “Amazing Race” will take place Saturday, October 27 from 7-9 p.m.

CYO President Nathan Livedalen paraphrased a verse in the Book of Matthew to describe the race: “We’re kicking off another year at CYO, starting with the Amazing Race, serving our the least of our brothers around the community.”

“Last year,” Livedalen continued, “we helped the Church’s United Homeless Shelter in the Fargo-Morehead area to collect over 400 blankets for the homeless in that area.”

This year, the CYO will help the Pierce County Food Pantry by collecting donations of non-perishable food items door-to-door, racing from home to home along the way.

“There are clues along the way,” Vice President Maria Blessum said. “We try to race back to the church with all of our clues, and the most food items (we can get), and the winning team gets a little treat (or prize). “

The CYO holds the event, based on CBS’ “Amazing Race” every October.

“We pick something different (as a way to help the community) every year,” Blessum said. “A couple of years ago, we collected eyeglasses for the Lions’ Club so they could repurpose them for kids who needed glasses. We change it up every year, for whatever’s needed.”

Rugby residents who plan to be away from home Saturday evening may drop off donations at Little Flower Church. Food should be labeled, “CYO Amazing Race donations.”

Both Blessum and Livedalen said they hope the October race continues after they graduate.

Livedalen said of the CYO, “It’s a great opportunity to help the community, and just give back everything they’ve given to us during our school years.”

Blessum agreed. “I really enjoy it. It gives me the opportunity to grow my faith and get to know people around me, and build relationships with people.”

In an emailed statement, director of Religious Education and CYO Coordinator Rebecca Leier said, “Saint Mother Teresa was fond of saying ‘Jesus Has no Hands on Earth but Mine.’ In CYO we are always striving to be ‘Christ’s hands on Earth’ with the 3 S’s of CYO: We are Social, Spiritual and give of ourselves in Service.”

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