Up & Coming Weekly

November 17, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 14 UCW NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 Falcon Children's Home to host "All is Bright Christmas Lights" in lieu of traditional Harvest Train a STAFF REPORT EVENTS Falcon Children's Home, located in the town of Falcon in eastern Cumberland Count y, has about 100 employees who serve over 80 youth of all ages. Since 1909, FCH has been providing a home for children who, for whatever reason, are unable to live with their parents. FCH has directly or indirectly touched an estimated 15 thousand lives through its various programs and foster care licensing. Since 1949, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, visitors kick off the sea- son of giving by donating much needed commodit y items and monetar y gifts that help FCH stay operational throug- hout the year. The annual Harvest Train is one of the most important days of the year at FCH. Along with gratitude, visi- tors usually watch a stage production by the children, caregivers and teachers at FCH. Because of the COVID-19 pande- mic, FCH will not be able to conduct the usual Harvest Train parade and production. This year, in lieu of the parade, FCH presents "All is Bright Christmas Lights," a drive-thru lights show on the campus Nov. 19-21 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly with a live nativit y. Staff will be present to direct visitors and guests through the lights and to give out FCH keepsake mementos to those who come through and drop off donations. The tour is free, and while donations are appreciated, they are not required to attend the "All is Bright Christmas Lights" event. Visitors can begin at 7569 N. West Street in Falcon and turn the vehicle radio to station 89.5 FM and listen to the sounds of the season as well as greetings from ministr y leaders. At the end of the tour, visitors can stop at the brick ware- house and drop off commodities and donations. There will be a decorated box for each cottage so visitors can bring bagged candy for the students as well as a secured donation box for checks and/ or monetar y donations. Total monetar y donations will be announced during the virtual program on Nov. 24. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles. FCH staff will assist in unloading donations. On Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., supporters of FCH can see a pre-recorded showing of the Harvest Train 2013 program "The Two Trees" on Facebook. The stor y fol- lows the life changing experience of two teenage boys as they work at Ed's Christmas Tree Lot. Their lives are fore- ver changed by the events that occur there. The stor y echoes the sentiment found in Jeremiah 29:11, which reads, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Top commodit y needs this year inclu- de: canned goods, paper towels, toilet paper, 13-gallon size trash bags, ethnic hair products, cleaning supplies, laundr y detergent, hand soap, disposable take out trays and breakfast cereals. Routine needs include: socks, bath towels, twin size comforters, pillows, diapers of all sizes. To donate larger items, call FCH at (910) 980-1065. To find out more about how to be invol- ved with FCH or donation needs visit https://w w w.falconchildrenshome.com/ or w w w.facebook.com/FCHFS. To learn more about the Harvest Train and this year's "All is Bright Christmas Lights" visit w w w.harvesttrain.com. Falcon Children's Home will host the "All is Bright Christmas Lights" show Nov. 19-21. On Nov. 24, visitors can view "The Two Trees" on Facebook. Good Gravy Good Gravy I can't think of a better time to order in! Support your local business today! Good Gravy

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