Mother sells paintings to fund son's trip to help the deaf

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WENDELL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Serena Mantz is a first year vendor at the Thousand Spring Festival of the Arts this year.

She's been painting all summer to sell them at the festival all for one cause: to help fund a trip for her son.

"His name is Ethan. He is a volunteer minister for the deaf and he is planning to move to the Dominican Republic to help the deaf community there," said Mantz.

She taught her children sign language as a family years back. As her son caught on, he looked for ways to help the hearing impaired.

"The Dominican Republic has a high population of deaf per capita there and so it's a place he can go and use those skills he's learned to help other people and experience a new lifestyle," she explained. "His goal in life is to help as many people as possible wherever the need may be."

Spending more than 70 hours each month with a local deaf ministry, Ethan plans to visit the Dominican Republic at the end of October and eventually move there next spring.

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