Spirit of the Season


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By JOEY PITCHFORD jpitchford@newsargus.com As the Christmas season comes back around, so does the opportunity to remem- ber those who are no longer able to cele- brate. The annual Wreaths Across America project returned to Wayne County Dec. 16, as friends and family of deceased veterans joined with other vol- unteers to place wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans at cemeteries across the county. Founded in 2005 and brought to Wayne County by Emily Tuck- er in 2012, the event is now run by Tawnya Tucker, Emily Tucker's mother. Wreaths Across America took place at Evergreen Cemetery, with an opening cere- mony including Mayor Chuck Allen and repre- sentatives from Sey- mour Johnson Air Force Base. From there, everyone in attendance was able to place a wreath on a grave, be it a friend, family member or someone of no relation at all. Tucker said the growth of Wreaths Across America is encouraging. A small ceremony at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Ceme- tery at 164 Long's Plant Farm Road fol- lowed the main event at Evergreen. Tucker said that Wreaths Across Ameri- ca is also a good fundraising opportuni- ty for church groups, Scout troops and other such organizations. "Wreath sponsor- ships are $15, and for each sponsorship that a group has, the Wreaths Across Ameri- ca headquarters will give them back $5," she said. "So if they can go and collect money for sponsorships, they get a check sent directly to them." "With everyone's help in the community, " we can make this something truly spe- cial," Tucker said. 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"My mom always raised us three girls to give back. It is imbed- ded in me, and I just enjoy doing it. "My son and I went to Haiti on a mission trip in 2013 and 2014. It is expensive to go there on mission trips so as he went to col- lege, we couldn't go any more because it is expensive. "So this is a way to give back without going to Haiti — just do it right here in Wayne County." Jackson said that when Whitfield men- tioned the idea to her that she thought it was truly a blessing. "We have so much to be thankful for, grateful for," she said. "We come out for our lunches, and we always see people walking who we have made friends with, and we care. That is all about what we do in the clerk's office. We just want to at this time of the year keep someone warm and just let them know that we care." The clerk's office is a big family, Whitfield said. "We meet a lot of peo- ple (who come) in the clerk's office who are less fortunate," she said. "They are people, too. They are somebody's child, somebody's sib- ling. "So they have done wrong. They may have made mistakes, but we all have, and we are forgiven for that. "We have to look at these people that way and give them another chance, see if maybe it will help." Helping others is a family tradition for Whitfield. With help from her son, she gives out blan- kets and gift cards as she ride around and sees people who appear in need. Her church, Eureka Christian Church at Grantham, and friends donate the blankets. "We get the blankets from the Dollar Gener- al and then my mother, Nannie Cotton Mills, she always buys me $5 gift cards," Whitfield said. "She buys me about 20 at the time, even throughout the year for me to give to my home- less friends. "I give out a blanket and a $5 McDonald's card." She wishes them Merry Christmas and tells them she has a gift for them. "I have never had anybody turn me down," Whitfield said. "It is very rewarding." Continued from 2 News-Argus/STEVE HERRING Julie Whitfield, left, and Shiril Jackson attach scarves to a light pole on Ormond Avenue. The scarves were free to anyone in need. Scarves UMO FFA gives coats, hats, gloves to Brogden, Carver From staff reports More than 400 stu- dents from Carver and Brogden elementary schools received coats, hats and gloves thanks to the University of Mount Olive Collegiate FFA. "Being a part of this community service project for the past three years has helped me to appreciate my childhood, and the things I sometimes took for granted, even more," said CFFA President Janeice Leonard, a senior agri- cultural education and agricultural production systems major from Lexington. It is the 13th consec- utive year the univer- sity's Collegiate FFA has provided coats to needy children in the Mount Olive area. Santa and some helpers from UMO CFFA assisted with the distribution of the new coats and acces- sories. "We are proud to have another success- ful year providing Coats for Kids at Carv- er and Brogden," Leonard said. "The community came together again this year to support this project which is so important to our organization and its members. "We sincerely appre- ciate the businesses, individuals, and organ- izations who have sup- ported this project. We could not provide the coats to the elemen- tary students without the help of the Mount Olive Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, and so many others who have made it a priority to give to this initiative annually." UMO sophomore Noah Stewart, an agri- cultural education major from LaGrange, said it is heartwarm- ing to have the oppor- tunity to help the com- munity through the project. "Being a part of the Coats for Kids event allows each of us to experience the true joy that comes with help- ing others," he said. The Collegiate FFA works with Operation Warm to acquire the number of coats need- ed. Operation Warm is an organization dedi- cated to helping fami- lies in need, believing that every child deserves to feel warm, healthy, and valued. "Coats for Kids, is by far the best Santa gig that I do," said Barton Baldwin, Mount Olive Rotary Member and Coats for Kids volun- teer. "It warms my heart to see the kids eyes and to listen to them ask for things for their families not them- selves. "To know that they will be warm this win- ter from the coats, hats and gloves that the UMO students gave them with assis- tance from their fundraiser and the Mount Olive Rotary Club and Cabin Fever. "I got very emotional telling the CFFA mem- bers how it did my heart good to see them caring for others. It brought tears to my eyes to see the chil- dren that do not have much get these gifts as it will be all that some receive." Dr. Sandy Maddox, director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center and advisor for the UMO Collegiate FFA, said the universi- ty is proud of the stu- dents for completing another great Coats for Kids year partner- ing with local elemen- tary schools. "It is amazing to watch this group of young people set a goal and work tirelessly to achieve it," she said. "This year, the com- mittee added some new ways to raise funds for the project on the UMO campus in addition to increasing the support from local residents, companies and other non-profit organizations." All donations to the UMO CFFA Coats for Kids Project are tax deductible and should be sent to UMO CFFA, Coats for Kids Project, 634 Henderson St., Mount Olive, N.C. 28365. The University of Mount Olive is a pri- vate institution rooted in the liberal arts tra- dition with defining Christian values. The university, spon- sored by the Conven- tion of Original Free Will Baptists, has loca- tions in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilming- ton, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. ■ Community service project has been going on for the past 13 years. ■ Annual event was founded in 2005 and brought to Wayne County in 2012 by Emily Tucker, and is now run her her mother, Tawnya Tucker. 'Being a part of this community service project for the past three years has helped me t o appreciate my childhood, and the things I sometimes took for granted, even more.' JANEICE LEONARD on how the project has changed her. Wreaths Across America project remembers deceased veterans If you see news happening, call the News-Argus newsroom at 919-778-2211.

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