BOOTHESVILLE—The winding road between the communities of Grafton and Fairmont harbors one of the best kept secrets in Taylor County, the More Grace Outreach (MGO).
For those touched by the outreach it needs no explanation as their reach is beginning to spread throughout the county quickly. I use the word “quickly”, but it is an apt term to use in the explanation of this article.
The youth of MGO have been running their race both figuratively and literally. The MGO Cross Country team has been working extremely hard this season, not to be the fastest team, or to win the state championship, but to press for the mark for the prize of the high calling in helping their fellow man.
The MGO Cross Country team is running with purpose. They are running to raise awareness of other local non-profits and community support programs.
I got a chance to speak with More Grace Outreach’s Director of Operations and Ministry, Mrs. Elizabeth Luffy.
“I just think we have an awesome story of hope during these uncertain times. When looking for new and innovative ways to serve the community the idea of the Cross-Country team was born,” shared Luffy.
The team competes in local 5k races after acquiring sponsorships from local Taylor County business and then donates that money plus any winnings to another local charity or non-profit.
The other non-profits include organizations such as WV CASA, who is just now finding a presence in Taylor County.
CASA are programs that are established throughout West Virginia and offer technical assistance, training, public awareness activities, research and resource development to create a quality volunteer advocacy network.
Their goal is to engage and empower enough volunteers to give a voice to every abused and neglected child in the West Virginia court system. They also help support the Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) whose mission statement says they exist with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children.
They exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. Each of the aforementioned charities have national roots, but local branches but their help also extends to traditional non-profits such as the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Soup Opera located in Fairmont.
“The kids have lots of enthusiasm and pride in serving their community. They create little additional challenges among themselves and work hard to beat their previous race times. The kids love what they are doing and will continue to be a light in their community,” explained Luffy.
The MGO Cross Country team would like to remind everyone of their motto, “Run your Race!” Which is inspired by Hebrews 12:1, and to thank the local business that have been such a great blessing to them thus far such as, Summers Towing and Repair, Blissfield Estates, and Resolve Contractors.