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Donation boosts 'FUEL' program
by Steve Beavers
Jul 19, 2013 | 178 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KOSSUTH – The Alcorn County Democratic Executive Committee is FUELing up.

The committee made a $500 donation to Kossuth United Methodist Church's FUEL program – a Christian-based after school event which works to make sure each child feels loved – on Friday afternoon.

"We understand FUEL is doing a great work out here," said committee member Tom Sweat. "It's a worthy thing for us to help out with."

"Our goal is to give back to the community in a way children are involved," added the committee's Marcus Simmons.

FUEL (Forever, Unending, Eternal Love) began in 2008 after church member Anthia Follin-King approached the church staff about the ministry idea.

"This is something dear to my heart," said Follin-King. "I believe God made each child special and unique in His own image."

The program revs back up on Sept. 4 with each child – in grades K-12 – receiving a hot meal, scripture-based curriculum, tutoring, medical attention if needed. Organized games are also provided for those children attending.

It is held every Wednesday at Kossuth United Methodist Church. The program begins at 3:15 and continues through the end of the school year. The off days of the program coincide with the school calendar.

"FUEL is a very good program," added volunteer Cynthia Hudson. "Once I saw information about it, I wanted to get my grandchildren involved."

Children need to bring a permission slip with contact information from home to be able to attend the Wednesday evening program.

"A lot of times this is their home on Wednesday night because their parents are at work," said volunteer Linda Davis.
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