Thanksgiving is a time for so many to have great family, church, and community traditions, all rich in their own way, as well as provide many fond memories. That’s the badge that Rushville holds for the children and staff of Mountain Mission School in Grundy, VA. For well over sixty years so many Rush County individuals, businesses, and churches have gathered clothing, home and school supplies, furniture, food, and donations to further the work of Mountain Mission for tens of thousands of children and staff who have resided at the children’s home through the years.
Every Thanksgiving trucks start pulling onto the campus of MMS, loaded with donations from the Rush County community. Smiles and laughter from the children greet the tired travelers as they sit down to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. After eating, we all begin unloading the Indiana trucks that have traveled through the night to put smiles on our children’s faces.
More traditions continue to flow-shaved ice cones, popcorn, ice cream, milk shakes, candy, piatas, helium balloon launchings-all provided by both current and past Rush County residents.
So much love and encouragement is given freely by the Rush County citizens that work to heal scars and create great new memories for the 235+ children of MMS. In my 42 years at MMS, I have made many lasting friendships with those who have been motivated to do so much for us. The Rush County residents have shown so much generosity toward the children of Mountain Mission School, and for that we say thank you!
A rich tradition, you bet!
In deepest appreciation,
VP of Outreach
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