Gospel choir concert helps Blueprints

On behalf of the Gospel Music Reunion Choir, Chris Truman presents a check to Amanda Perdue from Blueprints for $2,450.07 to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children in Wood County. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Gospel Music Reunion Choir raised money for Blueprints during the choir’s annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 7 at South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

The evening was comprised of scripture and songs of the season that shared the story of Jesus. The love offering received benefited Blueprints, formerly known as Try-Again Homes, in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Blueprints is currently assisting over 50 families and 92 foster children in Wood County. The offering provided $2,450.07 to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for many of the foster children, said Chris Truman of the GMR Choir Board of Directors.

Also, a young Sunday School class from South Parkersburg Baptist Church provided several gifts for the children that were given in addition to the offering received.

Amanda Perdue, recruiter/trainer from Blueprints, accepted the check from Truman.

In 2019, the GMR Choir will present its Annual Summer Concert on June 21 at 7 p.m. at South Parkersburg Baptist Church. Several groups from the Mid-Ohio Valley will join in this concert that will benefit The Doug McLain Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. McLain was a longtime Parkersburg police officer who died in 2017.

Friends and family of McLain established the fund, which will award a scholarship each year to a graduating senior at Parkersburg, Parkersburg South or Parkersburg Catholic High School who plans to pursue a public service field of study.

“We look forward to continuing in our 23rd year in the Mid-Ohio Valley to share the music and message of Jesus Christ while providing assistance to another nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that assists those in need in our surrounding community,” said Truman.

“We are very grateful for the support of this community that has been so faithful and generous in their giving through the years that has contributed to our ability to help others in our area,” Truman said.