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Local teens take on others' troubles

While most children and teenagers are busy making up their Christmas lists, a group of Woodbury teens are spending their holiday season helping those in need.

"Teens 4 Charity" is made up of 12 "board members," the ones that operate the organization and help organize the monthly charity projects, and their individual groups of three to six additional teens.

Their latest endeavor is adopting a family made up of a grandmother, a 2-1/2 year-old-girl and a 20-month old boy for the holidays, through the East Metro Women's Council in Maplewood.

"We have so much and they have so little, it's kind of unfair," Emily Scovill, 14, said. "A lot of times we forget how lucky we are."

The teens worked to raise money for the family by selling home-made Christmas cookies. Teens 4 Charity raised nearly $900 to go towards Christmas shopping for the family.

"It was really cool to see how much we were going to give to this family, just the littlest thing can make so much difference," Ellie Eckman, 16, said. "And it's fun to go shopping, all teenage girls love shopping, so that's a good thing to work into the charity aspect."

The teens have already formed many memories.

"Whether it's scaring people on the haunted trail or just ringing the bell, we all really know how to have fun working together," Alexa Erickson, 14, said. "You can be having a blast and raising so much money at the same time."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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