North Logan, UT – Most teenagers would use their day off to sleep in or go on family vacations but dozens and dozens of high school students from Cache Valley have a more charitable plan. Students from Mountain Crest, Logan, and Sky View – bitter rivals on the gridiron, floor, and field – will work side by side tying fleece blankets, washing cars, sanding wooden building blocks, and assembling care packages to help the abused and neglected children in their community. In its second year, the Cache Valley Kids Helping Kids Benefit Carwash and Service Event is the only charity event in the United States that is completely run and planned by ‘kids.’ 20 teenagers ranging in age from 15-17 began the process in mid-July, meeting weekly, securing 74 local sponsors and making phone calls to get everything ready for the big day. Last year 175 14-18 year olds gave at least an hour of their time, hundreds of care packages and supplies were made and donated, and nearly $4,000 was raised for non-profit organization the Child and Family Support Center. “They have no idea how much they’re helping these children,” says Esterlee Molyneux, director of the Child and Family Support Center. “We’re so grateful for the youth who are really, really making a difference for our community and are really stepping upand showing us such a great example to the rest of us as to how somebody can truly and honestly make a difference in others lives.”The Cache Valley Kids Helping Kids Event will be held at the Larsen-North Logan Retail Center, located just north of the North Logan Wal-Mart, from 1 to 5 p.m. People are encouraged to help out by getting their vehicles washed for either $5 or $10. The price includes prizes, such as hotel night stays and spa treatments. Teens who give just an hour of their time doing service will be given a wristband for a free pool party that night at the Logan Aquatic Center. Hundreds of teens are expected to participate again this year in the event that empowers them to give back to the community and have a good time doing it.”It’s been a good bonding experience,” says Devin Pfister, a participant of last year’s event and a planner of this year’s. “The football players and nerds don’t usually get together but this is the one exception and we’re making a lot of friends here.”
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