Amy Ashberry of Mathews has done more mission work than most people her age. At 27, she’s been on national and international church missions—once to Tennessee, three times to Honduras, and this year to Madagascar, where she spent a month traveling to orphanages and remote villages, carrying a message of hope to the people of Madagascar.
But her latest mission is much closer to home. Amy wants to raise enough money to buy a hand-operated, handicapped-accessible van for her sister Megan’s friend, Alyssa Briggs of Gloucester.
Alyssa was paralyzed in a car accident at the age of six, and she requires a wheelchair for mobility. A van would enable the Mathews High School graduate to attend college classes instead of just studying online and to live more independently than she is now able. She must rely on friends and family for every trip to a convenience store or the post office or even to pick up a pizza.
“It’s not just about school,” said Amy. &ldquo...
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