They're only in eighth grade, but already two sisters from our area inspiring others as they work to help those in need across the world.
Twin sisters Alyson and Ashley LaRue are members of Prince of Peace Church in La Crescent.
The sisters recently motivated their congregation to raise more than $2,000 to work with the Kids Against Hunger Organization. They then led about 75 church volunteers in preparing more than 7,500 nutritious powdered meals that are being distributed around the world to those less fortunate.
The twins got the idea for the project from a bible camp they had attended a few years earlier. "The theme that year was "Live the Story" so they kind of were just really, really encouraging and said, go and live the story because our generation is going to be the ones who affect the future so they, again, were just really encouraging and wanted us to go try and make a difference," said Ashley LaRue.
Both sisters say the reason they started the project at their church was to help others. "Very thankful, we don't realize how much we have and we're very lucky for everything we have and thankful for all the donations, prayers, even volunteers. It means a lot," said Alyson LaRue.
Both Alyson and Ashley hope to make this an annual project. They've even been approached by La Crescent Community leaders about helping start the project at the high school.