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      Kids go MIA for a good cause

      Beginning Monday, middle school kids from area churches gave a helping hand to the High Plains Food Bank through the Mission in Amarillo summer program.

      "We have about 5 churches that are participating this week. We have Comanche Trails Church of Christ, Central Church of Christ, The Colonies, we also have a group from Canyon called University, and a new group this year called Cross Point," said MIA Coordinator Derek Chance.

      From Monday through Wednesday, July 1-3, kids from the Panhandle will volunteer their time to various organizations.

      "We'll be working with Wesley Community Center, the Maverick Club, and we'll have groups going out to the VA home, and we'll also be feeding homeless people," said Chance.

      Along with volunteering they'll also get the real-life mission experience by staying with a host family during the three day program.

      "The kids don't stay at home they stay at people's houses so it feels like a mission trip, they've left home but they really never left the City of Amarillo," said Chance.

      MIA leaders said k ids are getting more than a lesson in community service , t hey're also learning humility at the same time.

      "We don't realize how much we're given and how much we take ," said MIA participant Boyd Burch. "For people that don't have as much as we do, giving to them is nice, it makes you feel good."

      For more information on the project, contact Derek Chance at (806) 231-3154.