Central Christian Church in Weatherford raised more than $1,000 for the Crossroads Youth Program by hosting a play about the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.
The play premiered at the church earlier this month, and money was collected for Crossroads via donations and purchase of concession snacks.
The play, “26 Pebbles,” details the shooting and the country’s response afterward, such as clergy being called to the school to comfort families and donations sent, the play’s director Nancy McVean said.
“It ends on a note of hope and community and love and how that community pulled together and took care of one another,” McVean said. “It’s really very inspirational.”
About 100 people attended the play, the church’s Disciples Women’s Fellowship President Jane Smith said. This was the first time that the group has hosted a play, and Smith said this may turn into an annual event.
Since the play premiered, other churches and organizations have discussed showing the play to their members or congregations as well, Smith said.
The Disciple Women’s Fellowship has supported Crossroads before, and Smith suggested to donate to them in this latest venture.
“My sympathy is toward young people who need mentors and they don’t get enough food to eat or they don’t know how to sit around a table and have a family meal,” Smith said.
Crossroads is housed under Freedom House of Parker County. The group meets twice a week to lead discussions about issues relevant to teens and offers a safe place for kids to talk. Crossroads recently visited Hall and Tison middle schools to talk about mental health and anti-bullying.
Donations from the community help Crossroads continue their programs and buy things to help kids, Advocate John Enright said.
“First of all, it helps encourage us to let us know that our community is behind what we’re doing,” Enright said. “Also, more importantly, it’s going to help us continue to reach out to kids in need.”
At the play, Enright told Smith he would do anything to support Crossroads, including dancing like a monkey, and Smith made him fulfill that in front of the audience.
“My purpose and my heart is to help make sure that we can do everything we can to provide for our kids in Parker County,” Enright said. “Whatever I need to do, if I need to roll up my sleeves and dig a ditch to do it, I’ll do it. I’m not above anything.”