Dr. Tracy Murray, his wife Rhonda, and Mark and Virgie Hunter are four wonderful people, who are dedicated and have huge hearts, when it comes to helping children, who are less fortunate than others.
The Smiles for Steven program is set-up by Dr. Tracy Murray, Rhonda Murray and the staff of the Tracy M. Murray, DDS, Inc. dental office. Starting April until August 31st, patients can have their teeth whitened by Dr. Murray and his team with 100% of the cost, being donated to the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund and the check is made out to the Steven A Hunter Hope Fund. Steven’s Power Pack Club works with local schools to help those children on the program, receive nutritious, self-stable food every Friday for the weekend. The children are chosen by teachers and counselors in their school. This food is given to those children in the program that are food insecure.
This year the amount raised by Dr. Murray and his team, was $5,000, with 30 patients participating. Hunter said this will feed 1,667 children. Murray said they were real pleased with the amount they made and she had just recently talked to a couple of women who wanted to come to their office, because of what they do for the children and the charities they work with.
Currently, Steven’s Power Pack is supplying food for over 1,300 children every weekend in 20 different schools in Scioto, Pike, and Adams Counties. In Scioto County they operate in Portsmouth & East Portsmouth Elementary, New Boston Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Valley Elementary, West Elementary, Green Elementary, Clay Elementary, Bloom-Vernon Elementary, Minford Elementary, Scioto Elementary, STEM Academy, and Wheelersburg Elementary. In Pike County they serve Jasper Elementary, Western Elementary, Eastern Elementary, Waverly Intermediate Elementary, & Zahn’s Corner Middle Elementary. In Adams County, they serve Manchester Elementary & North Adams Elementary Schools.
Hunter said they started the Power Packs in 2010, then started with Portsmouth schools and most people did not know much about it at first. Originally, the Murray’s had been giving to a charity that was not local. “Dr. Murray asked if we could set it up for us right here in our community,” Hunter said.
Virgie Hunter said, “God gave them (Murray’s) a talent and passion.”
“We are just so thrilled with this whole thing,” said Mark Hunter said.
Both of the Hunters are so pleased with the money and what they can do with it through the Power Pack program.
Humble and thankful for all that is done for them, describes Mark and Virgie the best.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext, 1928