The Grand Forks Youth Commission (GFYC) has completed their third annual “Youth Can . . . Support our Troops” campaign that was held on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Grand Forks City Council Chambers.
The GFYC members, accompanied by members of the Grand Forks Air Force Base performed the final packaging of 293 care packages. The packages were sent to troops in units based overseas.
"It is their way of showing that young people really care about the community and the people who are serving our country," said Sara Schmik, Youth Commission Facilitator, "And it also shows that young people can have a real impact on the community."
The three middle schools and two high schools in Grand Forks have been collecting donations and putting together the care packages through April . Classrooms, school organizations and school staff have all been a part of the “Support our Troops.” In addition, many local businesses and individuals have made donations to the care packages and also are covering the postage of the packages. The GFYC also sold novelty candy and scented colored pencils in their schools as a fund raiser for postage.
The Youth Commission exists to identify, promote, improve, increase and provide services and programs for young people in Grand Forks. The Youth Commission is a group of 24 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who advise the Mayor’s Cabinet on Young People and advocate to the community on behalf of youth. The Youth Commission is a diverse group of youth representing many perspectives, ages and backgrounds.