Local teens aim to help orphans

Group raises funds for missionary trip

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A group of teenagers is putting up posters all around town to raise awareness for donations to help orphans in Africa.

Morgan Burnard and a group of volunteers from Morgan Sweet Sixteen Foundation are planning a trip to Africa next year and would like support from the community to help those less fortunate.

"We are putting up posters around the city of Bakersfield to promote the Twelve Days Of Giving, which is a campaign to show how the Morgan Sweet Sixteen Foundation uses their donations," said Burnard.

Their goal is to bring joy to as many orphans as they can by providing what is called a celebration of life.

"Celebrations of life are what we know in the western culture as term for a birthday party. But most orphans in Third World countries don't know when their birthdays are, so we have celebrations of life to show them how much we love them and how much God loves them," said Burnard.

This trip will be their second overseas outreach. Burnard and her team went to Haiti two years ago for the same purpose and affected many lives.

"Going to Haiti for the first time was a humbling experience. You see how much you have in comparison to them," said Burnard.

It started about two years ago while Burnard was planning her own sweet 16 birthday party when she realized orphans around the world had very little and she decided to give back.

"I decided to go to Haiti instead and throw birthday parties for kids who never had them before," said Burnard.

If you happen to see their posters around town, you can get instant information from your smart phone about how donate.

"You can scan the bar code on the poster and each day starting on Dec. 14 you can see what your donation go to such as the gifts and the cake," said Chad Bloom.

Their goal is to raise $10,000. For details about how you can help go to morgansweetsixteen.org.


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