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Youth seeking to make a difference deliver

September 1, 2011

The Morning News – Katie Harris BHS senior Lindsay Turpin (right) organized a scavenger hunt/food drive for youth in the LDS Blackfoot Stake. The group collected 7,000 items which they donated to SEICAA. With Turpin are youth leaders Chris Gregersen and Teresa Merrill.

BLACKFOOT – Youth from the Blackfoot LDS Stake hit their neighborhoods Tuesday night on a scavenger hunt and food drive. Their efforts resulted in approximately 7,000 items that were donated to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).
Blackfoot High School senior Lindsay Turpin began organizing the activity for a youth conference originally scheduled for June. However, due to the flood risk in Bingham County youth filled sandbags for their service project.
Turpin explains that the theme for the youth conference was "We Seek After These Things" so they dubbed the drive "We SEICAA These Things".
"Lindsay worked so hard to organize this scavenger hunt and I'm just glad we got to do it," said Chris Gregersen, counselor in the Blackfoot Stake young women's presidency. "The community gave so much more than I expected and it is exciting."
Bobbette Jackson, SEICAA Bingham County program coordinator, said "the timing is perfect" because the number of food boxes going to families has increased and the supplies available are low.
"It is just amazing that one girl can make this happen," said Jackson. "We really needed it. This should help get us through to the Scouting drive."
As Turpin unloaded bags and boxes of food Wednesday morning she said "this is a simple service but lots of hands made a really big difference."
Julia Campbell, community services director for SEICAA, oversees seven counties and said that "Bingham County is so supportive -- you really couldn't ask for more."
"This youth group will make a huge impact on families struggling," said Campbell. "We see youth kicking in everywhere. There are good values in these organizations and we can see them turning them into actions that make a difference."

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