A&M UMC Netting the Spread of Malaria

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Local basketball fans teamed up with A&M United Methodist Church to support a new meaning to the phase "nothing but net".

Church leaders and members held their Nothing But Nets campaign to raise money to buy mosquito nets to fight the spread of malaria in Africa. Offering their support at Sunday's event were members of the Texas A&M men's and women's basketball team.

Organizers' efforts are a part of a national campaign to raise money to buy the nets. They say the nets that cost $10 each are able to protect a family of four for four years and prevent mosquitoes from getting to sleeping victims. Insecticides on the nets kill mosquitoes that land on it.

A&M UMC's associate pastor, Laurinda Kwiatkowski, says the event allowed everyone to achieve the mission of ministry.

"We have all this excitement going on because we're making a difference in the lives of other people, and that's what we are called to do," Kwiatkowski said.

The total amount of money raised during this event will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If you would like more information or want to make a donation, click the link below.