Younger Generation in Monahans Giving Back

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MONAHANS - For the Monahans kids of "Mission Possible," they want to show that help can come from anywhere, especially in the younger generation.

The boys heading up the program told NewsWest 9, they've come a long way from just an idea in their heads last October.

"On our way back from Odessa, when we were getting the Christmas supplies for the nursing home, it kind of started out kind of as a joke," Mission Possible Founder, Andrew Ligon, said. "We were joking around about it, and then 30 seconds later you could see us all getting dead serious in the car, and we're like 'Guys, we're going to do this.'"

They first started making weekly visits to the seniors at the Monahans Managed Care Center, throwing them holiday parties and giving them gifts.

Now they've branched out to visiting children at the hospital and even traveling out to fires, bringing supplies to firefighters.

They said the distance makes no difference as their first fire was the Rock House Fire in Fort Davis.

"We tried responding to Sanderson last night, but they were just patrolling hot spots," Mission Possible Head Coordinator, Parker May, said.

"We'll take water, Gatorades, food to different locations," Ligon said. "Fort Davis, we took hay for the animals."

But Mission Possible wasn't always successful. In fact, when they first started out, many people believed them to be a scam because of how young they were. Many of them are between the ages of 16-18.

"Our message really is our motto, we want to make all dreams come true," May said. "Kids our age, our generation, people think they don't care, we do."

Now the community is paying attention.

This past January, a local Catholic Church and the local chapter of Knights of Columbus gave Mission Possible their own building, which the Knights paid for.

This has helped the kids to store even more donations.

"Whenever you see their faces, it's just joy, joy that people, high school kids, came out and supported them," Mission Possible member, P.J. Calder, said.

Directors at the retirement home said Mission Possible has become a big help to them.

"Just knowing if we had, every community had groups like this, and their group is growing, I can see that I'll be taken care of because these are very caring young men and women," Monahans Managed Care Center Activity Director, Gailan Chamberlain, said.

But the cost is high.

The boys told NewsWest 9 they've spent more than $300 out of their own pocket to keep the help going.

"We're running low, and if there's anybody that wants to donate waters, Gatorades, food, cash, we will put that to great use," May said.

The kids of Mission Possible hope more people can donate and volunteer with them to keep the group they've created going.