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Hoosier Teens for Houston

Posted by Bethanny Lawson on August 31, 2017 at 10:35 PM

"Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease, but out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things." ~Daryn Kagan

One of the biggest mistakes we make when disaster strikes is thinking we cannot do anything. We watch, helplessly, as others suffer. We sit in comfort while others toil, thinking someone else will get to it. Maybe we're crippled by fear, stumped by indecision, or simply don't know where to begin. Some of my friends are proving this mindset is wrong, and I couldn't be more proud of them.

Hurricane Harvey has caused turmoil that likely won't be completely resolved for years. The devestation is almost beyond our comprehension. Over here where we're safe and far away from danger, what can any of us do to help?

The Leschorn and Lenderman families, of Terre Haute, have started a project called Hoosier Teens for Houston. With their two large vans and a trailer donated by U-Haul, they plan to collect and deliver supplies to the people who have been evacuated from their homes.

The Leschorn and Lenderman kids are the first ambassadors of Hoosier Teens for Houston. They hope many other teens will join them to represent their churches and make a larger impact for the people of Houston.  

Stores have been destroyed. Nursing homes have been cleared out. Animals have no shelters. Anything you can buy at a pharmacy without a perscription is needed, and in short supply, in Texas right now.

Hoosier Teens for Houston is asking teen ambassadors to rally their churches and youth groups to help collect what is needed for Houston. Together, they hope to make a real impact on the lives of our fellow Americans. "Nobody deserves to go through what they're going through. We want to try to make it less difficult for them," says Sarah Leschorn.

Hoosiers for Houston prefers donations of supplies, but are also taking monetary donations, welcomes others who want to volunteer to drive and help in Houston when they make the trip, and of course, prayer warriors are always appreciated.

Shannon Lenderman, one of the moms helping back up this project, referenced the song "We Are The Body" by Casting Crownds. "I feel like, in these situations, when we ask God to do something, He is saying 'you are what I'm doing,'" she said.

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The Lenderman and Leschorn families are inviting all of you to join with them, taking practical steps to make a difference. They especially want to provide teens with opportunities to learn about the joy and impact of service to others. Anyone interested in being an ambassador for their church, school, or youth group is welcome to attend an informational meeting at the Lenderman's house on Saturday, September 2 at 6 p.m. EST. To get connected, contact Erica at (812) 821-8483, or visit their Facebook page, by following this link:

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