Radcliff youth organization kicks off first event Derby weekend

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By Sarah Bennett

A Radcliff couple is starting a new youth organization, which kicks off its first event Saturday with an “old fashion Kentucky Derby grass cutting.”

Cindy King said she and her fiance, Jerome McKinney, started One World Youth earlier this year in an effort to reach out to the youth in the community. They received their employee identification numbers about a month ago, she said, and Saturday will be their first real outing.

“We want to give the youth something to do besides being out on the streets,” King said.

On Saturday, participating youth will be cutting grass for senior citizens who are unable to complete the task by themselves, she said. She estimated about 10 youth are signed up to participate.

On Wednesday, King said One World Youth will cut grass for four or five elderly residents throughout the county.

In addition to grass cutting, the volunteers can tend to other lawn care work, such as weed pulling or flower bed work if needed, she said.

Because they will be using heavy machinery, King said Saturday’s event has age restrictions, but the organization is open to youth of any age.

In the future, the couple hopes to expand activities to volunteering out in the community, visiting nursing homes and collecting items for clothing and food drives, she said. They also will have events on special days such as Memorial Day and Earth Day.

King encouraged anyone with questions to call her at (502) 819-1468.

One World Youth will meet at  10 a.m. Saturday at the Food Lion parking lot off South Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750.