Youth on a mission

MARSHALL – About 20 young people and a few parents from Holy Redeemer Church went out on Saturday morning to raise money for a mission trip.

“We’re picking up Christmas trees,” said Christian Johnson, a senior at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School. “We’re going to go to Denver, Colorado and help out around the area.”

According to Deb Schroeder, the tree pickup coordinator, people call up and schedule a pickup for their trees in return for a free will donation. The trees are taken to the city compost area outside of town.

Casey Erbes, an eighth-grader at Holy Redeemer School, is looking forward to his first mission trip.

“We’re just helping people and having fun,” Erbes said.

Holy Redeemer has held tree pickups for almost two decades, though it missed last year.

“This is my first mission trip,” said Sameh Hedlin, a freshman at Marshall High School. “I’m looking forward to going to Denver and helping people.”

Youth group members will help out with housework, yardwork, visit assisted living facilities and anything else that comes to mind.

“This is my fourth trip, and I’ve done everything from painting houses to playing with little children,” Johnson said.

Schroeder said the group will pick up trees next Saturday as well. Anyone wishing to have their tree picked up can call Schroeder at 537-0047. The suggested donation is $10.