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October 24, 2013, Ruston, LA – The members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston recently donated 50 rocking chairs to the youth at Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home. Trinity’s Outreach Committee sponsored the project and the congregation generously responded by contributing the funds necessary to purchase the chairs.
In accepting this large donation, Children’s Home President and CEO Rick Wheat said, “These rocking chairs will have an incredibly positive effect on our campus. Our youth face significant emotional and behavioral challenges and the motion of rocking has been shown to affect the brain in a way that soothes, calms, and contributes to a positive mood. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, the chairs also give our whole campus a greater feel of home.”
Jean and Jim Moore and Jennifer and Steve Betts, representatives of Trinity’s Outreach Committee, visited the Ruston campus on October 21 to see the rocking chairs in action. They were joined by Senior Pastor Rev. Jerry Hilbun and Amy Stegall, Minister of Nurture and Assimilation. Jean Moore acknowledged the contribution of Cracker Barrel in West Monroe, which provided the chairs. Said Jean, “We are so appreciative of Cracker Barrel. They were extremely accommodating and easy to work with and they were very generous to offer the chairs at a discount.”
Rev. Hilbun conveyed the ongoing support of Trinity for the ministry of the Children’s Home and summed up the project and the generous response of the congregation by declaring, “The Children’s Home and Trinity really rock!”