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42 Family Tru. At the loss of a loved one, trust is a vital quality - Trust that the funeral arrangements will go as planned. We would be proud to earn your family's trust. Serving Wayne County Since 1921 919.734.1761 1300 Wayne Memorial Drive Goldsboro 108DCT0216L© Positive place 130,000 patients a day trust their home care to us. For more information, call 919.731.7254 F call tion, or more informa F 919.731.7254 919.731.7254 Maybe you should, too. a hospital visit, after surger Maybe you should, too. e having tr r ' ou y or if yo a hospital visit, after surger e can help y ur car O Maybe you should, too. ouble with e having tr ou after an help yo why so many patients and physicians turn to us ev e independently in y ou liv helps yo e b We our condition. yo why so many patients and physicians turn to us ev wn home. M our o endently in yo y-leading ex e in industr e believ . day. y er why so many patients and physicians turn to us ev s ' aybe that wn home. M cellence that y-leading ex 16DMG0217J© comes from the community — volunteers. "They come to help share their knowledge, their skills, even if it's just a one-time speaker or some- one that comes in and actually helps to run or be a part of it," she said. Raytrell Caldwell, teen director in his third year, took the job after nearly eight years volunteering with the sports program. Larry Hudson leads a Bible club that meets once a week. On this particular day, he tied in the snack –– goldfish crackers –– to illustrate a lesson on the Bible story about the loaves and the fishes. Marcos Osuna, youth pastor at Faith Free Will Baptist Church, has been coming to the club for about two years, bringing a bus loaded with about 40 middle and high school students from Faith Christian Academy. The outreach effort seemed like a good fit, as "the kids are already here" at the club, he said. "What happens is our kids are here to minister but they get ministered to as well," he said. Once inside, they fan out — some in sports, others playing with the kids while a few assist with home- work. "It's not just tutoring, but mentoring. That's important," says Marvin Ford, unit director. This is Ryan Tillman's second year volunteering. The eighth-grader at Faith, who has younger sib- lings at home, says he enjoys being around the chil- dren and seeing the excitement on their faces. "I encourage them to be their best in all that they do," he said. One unexpected byproduct of the ministry was Jeramiah Benson, 16, who started coming to the Boys & Girls Club around age 6. "I was a student at Goldsboro High School when the Faith Christian Academy students began volun- teering," he said. "I kind of met them, got to be good friends with them and the youth pastor. They treat- ed me real well. "They're open, let you into the group. You feel like you're part of the group." After paying a visit to the school, he decided to go there as a student this year. The 10th- grader also plays basketball for the school, while remaining a member and volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club. "We come and we help kids with their homework, anything, just to see the kids interact with the little kids and help them with their future," he said. "Any- thing they want to talk to you about, if they need a mentor or just someone to talk." He has enjoyed giving back at the club where he got his start playing on the basketball and football teams. He intends to attend college and has already received some offers from schools expressing an interest in his basketball skills. "Boys & Girls Club, they're a big part of this," he said. "If I wasn't coming here, I wouldn't be where I am at now. This place can save you from a lot of stuff, keeping you off the street, keeping you from making bad decisions." Continued from 41

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