Spirit of the Season


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By STEVE HERRING sherring@newsargus.com Little things in life are important — little things like a drawing by a young child excited by her new Christmas tree. It is a drawing that Kate Tinsleysays she will keep for the rest of her life. The nonprofit Home- front Room Revival helped make Christmas merrier for the families of deployed service members through its Dec' The Deployment. "We feel there are too many military spouses that do not decorate for the holidays, or feel the holidays at all, when their loved one is not there to celebrate the season," Tinsley said. "Our mission for Dec' the Deployment is to change this climate by energizing one military home at a time this hol- iday." One of the projects was for a woman, with two children, whose husband has been deployed for 10 months. She had put up a tree made of felt because she did not want to get all of the decorations out — the woman's husband will be home in two months, and that is where her focus is, Tins- ley said. Dec' The Deployment volunteers helped get the decorations out. "A lot of spouses just simply don't decorate for the holidays," Tins- ley said. "They don't feel ener- gized to do so — to take all of their decorations out of the attic by them- selves, to go get a tree with three kids at home. A lot of people don't feel energized to decorate home when their loved one is not at home. So the individu- als that we choose through our selection process, we actually ask them what they need, What does your dream room look like?" Tinsley asks for pho- tos of what that might look like, and then she works with local arti- sans and veteran and military spouse volun- teers. One recently complet- ed project was a Grinch front porch. A wooden pallet was used to fashion a tree. The project also includ- ed signs and custom wreath. "When it was over, the Grinch was pulling down lights," Tinsley said. "It is a showpiece and just enlightens the holi- days and really helps boost morale for some- body going through a tough time." For the present, the work has been in east- ern North Carolina — four projects were done at Seymour Johnson and at least two at Cherry Point. Tinsley has been con- tacted by people from Jacksonville, Fort Bragg, even Virginia asking how the pro- gram could be brought to them. Her aspiration is for the program to grow into regional chapters across the world. Homefront Room Revival and its Dec' The Deployment grew out of Tinsley's experi- ences as a United States Air Force veter- an, as well as a military spouse. "When my husband was deployed, I had a really hard time, as many military spouses do with invisible illness- es — anxiety, isolation, not really wanting to leave the house," she said. She had children at home and did not want to take them to the store by herself. She was not fully moved into her house. Tinsley said that she was like a lot of mili- tary spouses who think they were constantly going to move out so they surround them- selves with white walls and don't really want to hang pictures up. "Then one day I decid- ed I was just going to try and change my men- tality" she said. "I just started decorating — painting my walls, put- ting picture up on my walls to just try to feel more like myself and comforted by the pieces of my loved one who was not there. "I came to this under- standing that I am active doing and I am feeling like there are not many programs that really have outreach efforts on a personal level with spouses going through a tough time — why not create one?" That is when she came up with idea to start Homefront Revival growing out of her garage assisted with about 20 volun- teers. "It is an organization that I started that strives to improve the military life cycle and boost morale for spouses going through a tough time through home dec- orating," Tinsley said. "We also collaborate a lot with artisans to do a bunch of custom art pieces to comfort the military spouses that we do the rooms for," she said. "We are members of The National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military and feel our program is a unique way to relieve anxiety, and isolation, for mili- tary spouses that is unlike any other veter- an organization in exis- tence. "We are based locally here in Goldsboro, and are comprised of mostly an all veteran and mili- tary spouse volunteer force stemming from the base." Sunday, December 24, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 11 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year #om the Goldsboro Home Team and Executive Property Management From Left: Pam Nekvasil, Carrington Hardee, Melanie Gates, Bruce Gates, Not Shown: Stacie Gates & Michael Gates 2DBL1217S© 507 N. Spence Avenue • Goldsboro, NC 27534 A Meage of Peace New YEAR at the Home Health and Hospice Care, Inc. 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From staff reports Teachers with the Meadow Lane Elemen- tary School multiage classes wanted to teach their students about how they could help in the community by serv- ing others. About 120 excited kindergarten through second graders began preparing for their project the beginning of November. Their teachers gave lessons on citizenship, making a difference, being giving and the difference between wants and needs. Many discussions were held about why and how children and their families could give back to their com- munity through various projects as small as picking up trash to big- ger ones. Teachers taught the children that the theme of helping others was to connect to the thank- fulness of the season. Students were guided in making connections to the thankfulness the pilgrims had their first harvest due to their Native American friends. The children then made 150 lunches for the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro. They began by deco- rating the bags to cheer someone in need through pictures that were colored and drawn, as well as mes- sages of good cheer, such as "have a great day," "know someone is praying for you," "enjoy your lunch" and "smile." Parents participated by sending in donations of applesauce, chips, cookies and raisins to provide a healthy and sweet treat to add to the lunch bags. The multiage class students gathered in the school cafeteria to make ham and cheese sandwiched and assem- ble the lunch kits with other donated food items and put them into the decorated bags, with parents and teach- ers assisting them. But the children wanted to do more. So the entire school was encouraged to donate personal hygiene items for com- fort kits to be given out at the local shelter. Donations included toothbrushes, tooth- paste, wash cloths, soap and other items. Dec' The Deployment helps military families ■ Teachers in the multiage classes give lessons on how the children could help out in their community and serve others. HAVE A NEWS TIP? You can call The News-Argus newsroom at 778-2211 We are on the Web, too, at www.newsargus.com ■ The group hopes to make Christmas merrier for families of deployed service members.

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