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Super Kids Have Super Fishing Fun


SKIPWITH – Super Kids Ministries of Hopewell, Va., recently held an event locally as 22 Super Kids and another dozen ministry officials enjoyed an afternoon of fishing and fellowship at the Skipwith farm of Gray and Kathy Moss. Despite the threat of showers, the cloudy Saturday afternoon was filled with laughter and delight as the guests, ranging in age from  20  to 55, showcased their angling skills and filled several five-gallon buckets with bream and bass.

Super Kids Ministries provides supervised activities for individuals of all ages throughout central Virginia who have intellectual disabilities, and the Moss family has been involved with this organization for many years. Mrs. Moss says, “Super Kids Ministries is a wonderful group of caring and dedicated individuals. They have embraced our son, Scooter, and we wanted to help give back to them by sponsoring this event.”  Scooter, who has a genetic disorder, Down syndrome, attends Eagle Eyre camp near Lynchburg, Va., every October with the Super Kids group. While there, Scooter and other campers enjoy hiking, dancing, games and other activities to enhance learning skills.

The Moss family has been involved with
Super Kids Ministries for many years and
recently sponsored a fishing event at their
farm for the group. Pictured are Gray and Kathy Moss with their son Scooter (center)  displaying
a fish that he caught at the event.

MEC employees distribute goody bags to Super Kids at the fishing event sponsored
by the Moss family.


The Mosses are members of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, and when MEC staff learned of the upcoming event, linemen volunteered their time to help. Chadd Harding, Ben Moss, T.W. Parks and J.P. Sweitzer were among those assisting the anglers by baiting their hooks, removing fish from their lines, and bringing them bottles of cold water to drink. Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative provided the water, ice, and a small gift to the Super Kids. Bobby Whitlow of Bobcat's Bait and Tackle in Clarksville donated bait and extra tackle and also assisted those who were fishing.

Later in the afternoon Whitlow and the MEC men helped  the Moss family prepare a cookout for the group.   The Super Kids had worked up quite an appetite after their fishing adventure; and they were served a great meal of fish, chicken tenders donated by Whitlow, hot dogs and French fries that they all enjoyed as they shared fishing tales from the day. 


Mrs. Moss mentions, “We are blessed to live in Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s service territory and to have good friends like those at the Cooperative who are so willing to help out in the community. Those Cooperative employees are a special group….not only do they support our community causes with material items and financial assistance but, even more importantly, they give of their time and love.”


MEC’s President and CEO John C. Lee, Jr., states, “There is a very special place in heaven for people like the Moss family. They share all they have with those who may be less fortunate in some way.” He adds, “It would be an understatement to say that we are proud of Chadd, T.W., J.P. and Ben, all of whom gave up their Saturday to participate in that very special day, volunteering their time to make a difference in the lives of others. Those young men embody what a cooperative is all about, working hard and giving back to your community. We are proud to have been a small part of a very special day, for some very special people; and I thank the Moss family for allowing MEC to be a part of this great experience that was mutually beneficial for everyone involved.”   


Super Kids Ministries also offers residential living facilities with a compassionate Christian environment for disabled adults and is currently in the process of building a group home for individuals. Anyone interested in contributing to The Super Kids Ministries, Inc., to help provide opportunities to the intellectually disabled can send tax-deductible donations to The Super Kids Ministries, Inc., P. O. Box 637, Hopewell, VA  23860. For more information about The Super Kids Ministries, go to www.thesuperkids.org.


Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit member-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex  and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia and Chase City.

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