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Continued: In Mahtomedi, a passion for charity

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By the middle of last week, Hearts4Charity had sold 180 tickets for the concert but the kids were working hard to spread the word.

“As a high schooler, I don’t know how to do this,” Gildersleeve said. “I spend most of my time worrying about getting my homework in. Not many kids get to do this; they don’t get to plan concerts for big artists.”

Hearts4Charity is a faith-based group, with the slogan “Creating for Christ” emblazoned on their T-shirts, but the only requirement for membership is having a passion to help other people.

“We don’t all go to the same church. We don’t all practice religion. We just do it because we want to,” Gildersleeve said.

Most of the 37 youth belonging to Hearts4Charity are Mahtomedi High School students, and most will be seniors. Two middle school students joined the group as well. After college, both Sexson and Gildersleeve foresee jobs in professional charity work.

“I’ve really fallen in love with everything that charities are all about,” Sexson said.

Kevin Giles • 651-925-5037







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