INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Pacers are helping out a local organization that’s caught a bad break. The team will use one specific game to support a school project in Guatemala.
For more than 20 years three local church leaders from central Indiana have been traveling to Guatemala to help build a school and give back to that community. This school teaches more than 800 children from one of the poorest areas in the country. The mission group is about $80,000 away from completing its mission to build a school except something happened.
During the process of sending supplies to Guatemala via semi-trucks, drivers were stopped at the border. The government confiscated the trucks and the supplies and told the group to pay $40,000 to get it back.
Then when they get the trucks back, after paying the money, much of what they were sending was gone. Only about half of the supplies remained. Much of it was medical supplies and construction materials to help finish the school.
Jim Mayes from Macedonia Missions says the Pacers are stepping up to try and raise the rest of the $80,000 they need.
“The thing is, it’s more important for their heart and soul,” said Mayes. “If the kids don’t go to school, they have to go to gangs or have to work. We don’t want them to get into gangs and we want God to get them, into their heart and soul. Then they can get into a good college and good work and that’s what we’re out for.”
Here’s what you need to know. The Pacers game is against the Magic on March 30, but the deadline to buy tickets is Thursday, Feb. 28. The tickets are either $25 or $35 tickets but that comes with more than just a seat. The tickets for the Lucas Oil Family Night comes with a free Pacers hat, food vouchers for a hot dog, chips and a drink. You also get to shoot a free throw on the court after the game!
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