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Rosemount youth groups collect for food shelf on Oct. 29

While individually they can do good things; together three Rosemount youth groups hope to do great things. Youth groups from Rosemount United Methodist, Community of Hope and Lighthouse Community churches will gather together Wednesday, Oct. 29 to collect non-perishable food items for the Rosemount Family Resource Center.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. small groups of teens with the help of an adult will go door to door in Rosemount and Eastern Apple Valley collecting donations for the food shelf. Residents willing to give are encouraged to leave their lights on.

The event, which was started by Community of Hope three years ago, is called Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat. Last year Community of Hope teamed up with Lighthouse to co-sponsor the event. This year Rosemount United Methodist joined on.

More than 200 teens and adults from the three churches will participate in the event said RUMC youth pastor Josh Corbett.

"It just seems like we can do more together than we can separately," said Corbett of the collaborative.

Community of Hope youth pastor Zachary Barker said the event has been successful in the past and with the more people they hope this year will top it. While Barker wasn't sure how much they received last year, he said they filled a 10 x10 ft. trailer last year.

"Rosemount is definitely a community that loves to give," said Barker. "And whenever we've asked they've answered the call."

The Rosemount Family Resource Center is run by the Community Action Council. The center, located at 14521 Cimmaron Ave. W., houses the local food shelf as well as provides a variety of youth and adult programming.

While focus of the event is to raise food and awareness for the Family Resource Center, it works as a good way to bring area youth together as well.

"(For the kids) it's one of the highlights of the year," Barker said.