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Vincennes Mayors Youth Council sells flags to help repair city signs.

The council first fundraiser wasn't selling candy but selling the city's official flag. The council president Lindsey Sparks says many of her fellow members didn’t even know about the flag because they haven’t seen one.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 6:20 PM
Updated: Feb. 9, 2018 7:39 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)-Charlie's Candies has been around since 1955. Lorrinda Ellermann is the co-owner of Charlie’s Candies. She says the Vincennes community makes her business a major success.

"It goes back to tradition. You know people love coming here, it's a happy place. So it's a good place to work too. We're providing joy to people,” said Ellermann.

That's why the candy shop is trying to show its support. The business made a purchase from the Mayor's Youth Council.

This council is a new group formed last year. They have monthly meetings at city hall along with Mayor Joe Yochum.

The council first fundraiser wasn't selling candy but selling the city's official flag. The council president Lindsey Sparks says many of her fellow members didn’t even know about the flag because they haven’t seen one.

"No one knew what the flag actually looked like. So he brought the flag out and we were thinking if we don't know what the flag looks like the probably nobody else in Vincennes knows what the flag looks like either," said Sparks.

The students reached out to everyone who calls Vincennes home. They hoped to get the city's icon on the streets. The council was happy to see the results from this first effort.

"We ended up selling 43 flags and we raised $2,300. Which means a lot to us," said Sparks.

All the money raised from the flags sales is going back into the city to help repair the welcoming signs all across town. To help improve the city’s look.

"Once we get the gateway signs all spruced up, knowing that we did that is just a good feeling and I'm happy to be able to be a part of it," said Sparks.

A simple idea that not only promotes the city but will also help improve it. That's why businesses like Charlie’s Candies hopes they will keep up the good work.

"Youth is great. They have a different vision than some of us. So any ideas have we need to take seriously and move forward," said Ellermann.

The mayor's youth council is wrapped up with sales of the flags for now but they hope to use the money to fix up the gateways signs by the spring.

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