CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) – The Clarksburg Mission is operating on pursuing the remodeling of its kitchen area to honor the lifetime of soaring Eagle Scout, Levi Bender.
Bender’s mom first brought him around the mission when he was only 16 yrs aged. He beloved to bike as nicely as provide the Mission by encouraging in the dining room and producing connections with the citizens, in accordance to Clarksburg Mission Executive Director, Lou Ortenzio.
As a everyday living Scout, Bender aspired to be an Eagle Scout. To develop into an Eagle Scout, Bender essential to full a challenge, so his mom came to Ortenzio and mentioned what sort of undertaking they could do with each other that would depart a big effects. They talked about remodeling the compact kitchen to make it a bit even larger and nicer. But about a week later, Bender was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 1, 2021.
Eagle Scouts are intended to have their initiatives completed by their eighteenth birthday, but not only have they manufactured an exception, but they are using this opportunity to commemorate Bender’s life and legacy.
Ortenzio and Bender’s mothers and fathers want to make very good out of his passing to assistance stimulate other Scouts, spouse and children and mates in their healing. “Making a little something as memorial to him, as component of his legacy, is a definitely awesome matter, and we’re just seriously pleased and honored that the Bender family members would select us as an group to bear witness to his life,” Ortenzio explained.
The tiny kitchen and devices are more mature, but the team sees the probable in a even bigger complete-company, properly laid out, modernized machines kitchen area. The mission not only serves the a lot of people who are living there but also serves food stuff in other strategies in the neighborhood. They have terrific culinary aid in the kitchen area and want to be able to provide them with the tools they need to aid a lot more efficiently.
As of Sept. 26, the increasing of resources started about two weeks in the past. They have presently elevated $35,000 of the $100,000 it will just take to thoroughly transform the kitchen. Ortenzio is grateful for all of the generous people today who dwell in the community who want to enable bring Bender’s challenge to fruition. The reworking job and planning will start after the dollars is lifted. If interested in donating to enable make Levi Bender’s memorial job come alive, you can donate on line, or through Put up Workplace Box 4203, Clarksburg, WV, 26302.
Designs are continue to becoming formulated for the entire kitchen rework procedure, so if you are seeking to donate kitchen appliances, the Mission would enjoy to chat to individuals, but are not completely confident what all they will have home for or can get. Lou Ortenzio would like for individuals of the community to help, he mentioned, “you know, we are a pretty generous community. We truly all connect to just about every other and that’s the fantastic matter about West Virginia, about Harrison County, about Clarksburg, is that often, everybody appreciates every person and appears out for most people and it is really the relationship that we all have with every other that would make this community to special.”
The significance of this undertaking serves for each Bender’s remembrance, as properly as the group that the mission serves, “We wanna honor our inhabitants below, and our team who check out truly difficult to adjust their life, and follow God’s will and strategy for their life. Absolutely for Levi Bender, to go away anything just after him, instead than just a headstone and reminiscences in people’s minds. I signify, a actual physical existence of what his heart was all about.”
Individuals who occur in and cook food for the Mission are also staying honored. He described that he does not want them to have to do God’s work in a “nasty old kitchen area,” and that they want to also honor God by furnishing a good kitchen.
If interested in being current on the progress in all of Levi Bender’s Memorial Eagle projects, you can obtain more facts right here.