APPLE GROVE – One local business continues to score a hole-in-one with one charity year after year.
For the past three years, M&G Polymers, of Apple Grove, has hosted a charity golf tournament with all proceeds benefiting Crosslight of Hope Inc. And this year was no different as the fourth annual event was held at the Sugarwood Golf Club in Lavalette.
More than 125 employees and vendors showed up early on Sept. 11 to not only golf for Crosslight, but to pay tribute to the memorable day of 9/11. Site Manager Richard Maack started the day by donating a $1,500 check to Challenge Athletes of West Virginia who are affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project. This group conducts two camps each year at Snowshoe Resort, providing a weekend of activities, lodging and meals. They also have adaptive equipment to help veterans with disabilities learn to ski, snowboard, kayak, fish, etc.
Crosslight of Hope was also recognized before tee off. This year, M&G raised more than its usual contribution of $10,000, exceeding it and donating a checking for $11,230. This helps Crosslight serve the families of Southern Mason County where the plant and ministry are located, just a few miles from each other.
“The generous gift from M&G each year is more than a blessing,” Delyssa Edmonds, executive director of Crosslight, said. “It’s peace of mind knowing that our families will be taken care for another year.”
Crosslight, which has grown from serving just a handful of families in 2010 when the non-profit started, now feeds, clothes and provides other necessities to more than 400 individuals, including 165 children. In four years, M&G has helped feed families with nearly 1,000 turkey dinners, provided 3,000 Christmas presents, and has helped the ministry with operational costs to help Crosslight keep its doors open to serve those in need.
“Their tremendous love for this ministry shows,” Edmonds said. “This tournament is fun for those to participate in, but I see how Crosslight impacts them as well.”
Edmonds always speaks at the tournament as well.
“I cannot take credit for what Crosslight does because it is not me; God does everything,” she said. “He brings us volunteers, He provides an exact item when we need it for a family, and He has definitely blessed us with M&G and its employees.”
M&G produces PET resin (polyethylene terephthalate), a popular polymer used in the production of disposable and returnable rigid packaging for soft drinks, mineral water, juice, tea, jelly, sauce, cooking oil, cosmetics, fertilizer and disinfectant, among countless other applications.
Delyssa Edmonds is the executive director of Crosslight of Hope in Ashton