Wal-Mart's 12 Days of Giving program gave grants to 140 non-profit organizations out of thousands of entries nationwide.
They had $1.5 million to split up between these organizations. The only West Virginia non-profit to receive grant money from this program was the Fountain of Life Outreach Program.
The Fountain of Life Outreach Program is a small non-profit tucked away in Taylor County. It was one of 10 non-profit organizations to receive a $10,000 grant from Wal-Mart.
The partnership of the More Grace Fellowship and the Fountain of Life Fellowship create the Fountain of Life Outreach Program. It provides food, clothing, and personal care items to people in Marion, Taylor and Harrison counties.
"In addition to the clothing side we also have tutoring volunteers that come in," said Elizabeth Luffy, from Fountain of Life Fellowship. "Educating teachers, certified teachers, and this is sort of something that we're working with the Wal-Mart grant that More Grace received and they've partnered with us beautifully. It's kind of a win, win."
The outreach program has helped more than 300 hundred families over the last few months. They give out close to 10,000 pounds of food each month.
"One of the things we want to do which we don't have here right now, is of course get Internet service out here," said Dana Ross, from More Grace Fellowship. "So when we are doing the tutoring and we're hoping, and looking forward to, acquiring at least 10 computers so that children that come here for tutoring have that opportunity to access the Internet."
Luffy filled out the grant application and received the call when Wal-Mart said they were getting the money.
"She encountered a person that was screaming and crying, and so excited because we work on such limited funds," Luffy said. "When she told me I want to congratulate you More Grace and Fountain of Life have come into this grant. It was just beyond words. What $10,000 can do for this facility and for the vision of this facility is huge."
The grant money will help the outreach program expand on it's education facilities and keep doing what it is doing for the people that need them.
"Our heart is for the community we really want to reach out and we really want to minister not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually to the people. To let them know that there's something more than what they have right now."
The outreach program said that hopefully by next summer they will have a 15x40 foot addition that will hold their education center.
If you'd like to help the Fountain of Life Outreach Program send donations to 707 Benoni Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554.