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Youth volunteers pitch in for disaster, Measles relief

Eastern MA 10/01/12 Youth volunteers pitch in for disaster, Measles relief

It was overcast and chilly, but that didn’t stop a group of youth volunteers from raising money for disaster relief last weekend.

About 15 students came from Youth Programs came from all over the Greater Boston area on Saturday to scrub down cars at Central Middle School in Quincy.

“They were very enthusiastic,” said Youth Outreach Coordinator Jini McClelland.

Despite the inclement conditions, the group raised more than $100 for disaster relief.

Youth Programs Manager Shawna Dias said passersby were interested in the cause.

“They were very enthused when they heard it was a fundraiser for the Red Cross,” she said. “They loved our mission and were happy to support us.”

When the kids weren’t washing cars, they were hitting up local shops to sell Measles Pins.

For each $1 pin sold, a child is vaccinated against the disease. Youth Programs hopes to vaccinate ten villages by raising $5,000 by June.

Contact Shawna Dias at to learn more about how you can purchase Measles Pins.