God's Pit Crew Helps Franklin County Child to Play Outside


When many people think about God's Pit Crew, they associate the non-profit with its outreach following natural disasters.

In fact, God's Pit Crew teamed up with our sister station WSLS and Spirit FM last winter to organize the Holiday Haul toy drive to benefit some of Superstorm Sandy's youngest victims.

Now, the founders of God's Pit Crew are putting their faith in the community to help a young girl right in their own backyard.

Ava Setliff is just like any other 6-year-old.  

Despite walking with a walker, she loves kicking around the ball outside with her mom, Brandi, and dad, Dwight, but really there isn't much else for her to do outdoors.

"She loves being outside, but there's just not a lot she can do," says Brandi. "Obviously, she can't run, she walks with a walker, so that inhibits her physical abilities."

Brandi says Ava was born with a rare facial disorder that only affects one in 100,000 births.

In just six years she's undergone 18 surgical procedures.

Her mother and father work to provide as much as they can for Ava, but with high medical expenses some of the extras just aren't in the cards.

Until now.

Back in 2011, one of Ava's nurses went to God's Pit Crew and put in a request to get Ava a playground. Terri Johnson says she pitched the project to different folks for a couple of years, but no one really picked up on the idea.

Still, with no commitment from anyone to pay for the project, Terri followed her heart and went ahead with ordering this playground for Ava.

"Me and Randy just decided we're going to do it by faith," Johnson said. "We didn't get no one to take it, but we're going to order it and it's ordered and it will be coming to the warehouse next week and that's how we've done everything by faith. We've never had the money right there to do it."

Johnson is calling the project Butterfly Kisses, and she's hoping to raise $5,000 to pay for the equipment and the landscaping needed to install the playground.

Dwight says he's excited to spend time with Ava playing outside, just like other fathers and daughters do.

"It's just like a blessing for something like that to happen, because stuff just don't come out the blue like that," Dwight said.

"It's been a challenge overcoming everything, but she is a blessing to our family and wouldn't have it any other way," Brandi said.

Ava's touched the hearts of this family and every one else she's come in contact with.

If you would like to donate to the Butterfly Kisses project, log on to www.godspitcrew.org.

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