The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

August 23, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

Back to school event was a huge success

Heart of God Ministries would like to thank those who helped make our 11th annual Back to School Community Event a huge success. The event brought record-breaking attendees together for a day of fun and fellowship.

We thank our generous donors who helped advance our mission by providing vital and essential school supplies to area students. Through the support of the following donors we were able to provide backpacks and school supplies to 650 children.

David Bligh, Dr. William Buch, Frank and Traci Smith, Greg Childers-Childers Enterprise, Ida Crawford, Joan Crawford, Councilman Chris Hall, Healthy Families Healthy Children, Jaquetta Johnson, Kohl’s Care, Mountain Resource Conservation and Development, Raleigh General Hospital, Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Sam’s Club, Walmart of Beckley, Dewana Waters and W.Va. Department of Rehabilitation.

Thank you to following whose in-kind gifts helped to further the important work of our project. Beckley Marital Arts, Beckley YMCA, Chick-fil-A, Christian Appalachian Project, Country Inn and Suites, Daymon’s Snacks, Food Lion of Beckley, Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary, Gideons International, WV HealthCheck, Kroger (Beaver, Harper Road and Beckley Crossing locations), Lowes of Beckley, Marquee Cinemas, Marshall University, McDonald’s, Ryan’s Steakhouse, Raleigh County Board of Education, Save-a-Lot, School of Harmony, Tennessee Pride, Texas Steakhouse, Unicare, United Dairy, We STYLZ, WV State University and West Virginia University.

We extend heartfelt appreciation to the following for their participation. Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, American Red Cross, Bopping Heads Entertainment, Ashley Mitchell, Beckley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Beckley Fire and Police departments, Brenda Morris “Aunt Bee,” Chief Warrant Officer Dwayne Schofield, Child Evangelism Fellowship, City of Beckley, City National Bank, Heart of God Ministries-Food for Body and Soul, Helping Hands, H.O.P.E Riders Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, Imani Spradley, James Brown Raleigh County Superintendent of Schools, Jan-Care Ambulance, Jay Critz & Kingdom Players, Jeremy Cross, John Poore, Just 4 Kids, Kappa Psi Kappa Fraternity, Kohl’s Care volunteer employees, LaTara Cross, MSU Occupational Therapy Department, NAACP Youth Branch, National Park Service, New River Community College, Paul Coltin, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, The Scarlet Royal Red Hat Society, Scott Hill, St. Paul Baptist Church Women’s Ministry Sisters United as One, Sweet Frog Yogurt, UniCare, United Bank, VA Medical Center, W&K Golfing and owner Fred Warner, Women’s Resource Center, ActressVernee Watson, WV Dept of Rehabilitation, WV Highway Safety and WVU Extension Services.

Thank you to the many others who volunteered in any capacity, and to the community for coming out making this event a success.

To all who donated or participated, and may have been inadvertently omitted from the list, please accept our sincere apology; please know that we truly appreciated your support to make this a memorable experience indeed.

Dr. Fred T. Simms, Pastor; Ruth Catus, Event Coordinator



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