Memphis youth group hands out free Easter baskets

Memphis youth group hands out free Easter baskets
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis youth group is reaching the community in a positive way by handing out Easter baskets.

Friday morning at Cherokee Elementary, children from "Youth on a Mission" fellowship were definitely on a mission. They were seeking to spread the Easter spirit one basket at a time.

"It's good helping others out," Clifton Thompson said. "It's always a blessing to help somebody out that's in need. Everybody is not able to do extra things on days like this."

It was definitely a good Friday for Thompson. He said money has been tight in his family, and he could not afford to provide an Easter basket for his 11-year-old daughter Anya.

"It's a blessing because some people don't have Easter baskets and don't have things like this," Anya Chatman said.

The goal of "Youth on a Mission" is to help bring down crime among Memphis' young people. The group wants people to know it can be done through a relationship with God and adults who have a positive influence on youth.

"I hope adults see it. I hope senior citizens see it," Karen Wells from Youth on a Mission said. "I hope everybody sees it. 'Oh my God, look what they're doing. What can I do?'"

Because of the success of this year's event, "Youth on a Mission" plans on making it a 'Good Friday' for people by handing out Easter baskets again next year. This year they handed out 100 Easter baskets.

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