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Chili cook-off in Urbanna to benefit teen project

Ashley McCarty, a graduate of the Jacob’s Ladder Enrichment Program, will be sponsoring  a chili cook-off and dessert contest on Wednesday, March 11, at Urbanna Baptist Church at 5:45 p.m.

All donations will help finance McCarty’s and other graduates’ service trip to rural Appalachia August 1-14.

Teen graduates of the Jacob’s Ladder program will accompany their leaders to both Kentucky and West Virginia. In Cranks Creek, Ky., the team will help the citizens who face constant struggles living in this coal mining community, which include lack of finances to heat or repair their homes or feed and clothe their families. One of the team’s primary goals is to help a local organization to repair the homes of families in Cranks Creek.

In West Virginia, the team will visit the home of Patch Adams, the Gesundheit Institute. The mission of the institute is to put the “care” back in health care by providing not just physical medicine but also emotional therapy. McCarty and the team will be joining in this mission by clowning to cheer up the sick.

The teens who are preparing for this trip are all working on projects to raise the cost of their trip. All proceeds from the March 11 cook-off will help send McCarty and the others to rural Appalachia, where they will serve some of the poorest families in the country.

Please call the Urbanna Baptist Church office at 758-2720 for reservations.

posted 02.12.2009

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