CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Madison United Methodist Church in Boone County recently announced its new charity foundation: MJ's Footprints.
This foundation is run by a youth group called the Cross Trainers. The Cross Trainers are a group of students from Scott High School who meet each Wednesday with church member Vicki Cottrell, a Madison Middle School teacher who is also their volunteer supervisor.
After conferring with each other about ways to help the community, the group decided to form a foundation that specializes in aiding the less fortunate and victims of disaster and abuse. From this idea, MJ's Footprints was formed.
The name is rather significant to the group. The letters MJ refer to longtime church members Marvagene and Jack Dickson. They were chosen because they are loyal members of the church that the youth look up to and are thankful to have in their congregation.
When the Cross Trainers presented their foundation to the church, Marvagene was shocked and most honored. The church was proud; many people were impressed.
Hannah Sayre, a senior at Scott High School, said of Marvagene's reaction, "She was surprised that we decided to name our organization after her. It was very touching. I definitely think we chose the right person as our inspiration."
After their presentation, they received a letter from Dickson. "It was such an honor and a surprise to be selected as the name of your first footprint mission," it says.
The participants have declared that they will make many attempts throughout their existence to help all who are in need.