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Church group raises funds for trip to North Carolina

With the temperature in the 60s and the wind swooshing through a sunless Saturday, the car wash was not the draw it might have been a week earlier.

Still, the youth of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church were intent on a summer yet to come. The few visitors to the fundraiser got the full attention of a dozen young people.

Standing along Washington Road, Ebony Twitty, Amaya Lazenby and Yasmine Cook were dressed for the autumn chill as they waved signs inviting passers-by into the Advance Auto parking lot.

"It's cold, so people are just coming by and making small donations," said Christie Wilder, the church youth programs director.

Visitors also found some warm food. Hot dogs from the grill were the star of the menu.

Wilder and friends were raising money for bus expenses when the church youth take a trip next summer. About 50 young people hope to visit Asheville, N.C., in late June. They hope to visit Biltmore Estate, which is described as America's largest home. Completed in 1895, the building has 254 rooms over four acres of floor space. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

They also plan to visit Cherokee, N.C., home of the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Unto These Hills outdoor drama, Museum of the Cherokee Indians, and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

Wilder said more fundraisers are planned to help pay for the trip. Next up is a fish fry on Thomson High School homecoming night. Serving begins at 4:30 in the field across Main Street from The Brickyard. Tickets are $7 and should be bought in advance. Contact any church youth leader, visit the church office at 1753 Mount Pleasant Road, or call Wilder at (706) 361-0301.

Web posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011

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