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Candle light vigil offers hope and help with healing

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013

The photos above were taken during the Candle Light Vigil for those who have suffered the loss of loved ones due to drunk drivers. Shown in the center is Debbie Poston, Taylor County Director of MADD and SADD, as she reads a poem during the program. At her right is Walesca Marrero, Taylor County Collaborative FRN Director. At top left is Marissa Bailey, who sang two songs during the program. To her right is Janet Elliot, Harrison County Chair for MADD, as she explains the candle lighting ceremony. At top right are two young ladies, Megan Weber and Shyanne Elsey, from the Youth Coalition, as they read the list of names of those either injured, or who lost their lives, as a result of drunk driving.

GRAFTON – The Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network, Prevention Partners and Taylor County Breaking the Cycle united efforts with Taylor County MADD and SADD organizations, as well as, Harrison County MADD on Sunday, Dec. 30 to share in a Candle Light Vigil.

Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network Director Walesca Marrero opened the Candle Light Vigil at the Blueville United Methodist Church by sharing with everyone a prayer that she had found.

Marrero asked everyone to insert the name of their lost loved one in the blanks that had been left throughout the prayer.

Pastor Sue Lowther, minister for the Blueville United Methodist Church, then addressed the assembly and offered the invocation.

Marissa Bailey then performed a beautiful rendition of “Let this be Our Prayer.”

Janet Elliot, the Harrison County Chair for MADD, was on hand to present the candle lighting message.

She explained that each of the four candles being lit had special meanings attached to them. The four candles represented grief, courage, memories and love for those, who have lost their lives to drunk driving.

Youth coalition representatives were present to list name of local residents who have either been injured, or lost their lives, as a result of drunk driving.

Debbie Poston, Taylor County Director of MADD and SADD, was present to share a poem she had written, “No One Knows.” Poston suffered the loss of her son, Matthew Lee “Matty” Mayle, at the hands of a drunk driver in July of 2005.

Marissa Bailey closed out the vigil by singing “Light A Candle.”

For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.

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