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Teens have mission to help others

Friends Molly McIlvain, left, and Brianna Yates, right, are seen having a little fun but this Saturday the pair will participate in the Jingle Bell Walk. The two, who have raised for the Huntington City Mission, will participate in the event along with other members of the First Baptist Church of Proctorville.

ROME TOWNSHIP — They are two teens who see the tough circumstances of many around them and want to alleviate it.

And participating in Saturday’s Jingle Bell Walk is one way Brianna Yates and Molly McIlvain, both sophomores at Fairland High School, are doing just that.

So far the pair have come up with $170 in pledges for the walk around Ritter Park in Huntington, W.Va., and that money will go directly to the Huntington City Mission.

Both are members of First Baptist Church of Proctorville and will walk with other members of the church’s teen group. Often residents of the mission have come to speak to the church congregation.

“It is sad to see how little they have and we have so much,” Brianna said.

Brianna has joined her grandmother, Janie Duty, and her friends to go to the mission for a girls’ night.

“We will bring food and cook for them and do their hair,” she said. “I just like seeing them be happy. It really makes a difference for them. They like getting dressed up because they don’t get to do that.”

The teen group at First Baptist in Proctorville often takes their ministry of helping to the streets.

“We will go to the homeless and feed them and give them gloves, scarves,” Brianna said. “They live in cardboard boxes. Most don’t eat because that would increase their appetite and when they run out that would make them more hungry.”

Before Molly moved to Fairland, she went to school in Huntington and many times some of her classmates called the city mission their home.

“I used to go to school with people who lived at the mission,” Molly said. “It made me sad for them and I wanted to do something to help them. I just feel like I should give back.”

Molly also helped deliver Christmas food baskets for Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, when she lived in Huntington.

“They are really grateful and you see the places they live in and sometimes it is a bad place,” she said.