Spirit of the Season


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By ETHAN SMITH esmith@newsargus.com Candie doesn't know what to make of Santa. But from the looks of it, she hasn't quite warmed up to Ol' Saint Nick just yet. The 2-year-old pup was hesitant about the big man with the bushy white beard in the bright red suit. She barked and lowered herself down to the ground, curling her back and backing away slowly from Santa. But, as her owners Dean and Kathy Combs provided Santa treats to bribe Candie with, she warmed up to him. Candie was one of more than a dozen ani- mals to get their photos taken with Santa at Tractor Supply of Golds- boro off of West Grantham Street Satur- day. The event was a way to raise money for the Wayne County Humane Society. Photos were $10, and all proceeds went to the organization. Dean Combs delivers car parts for Carquest and went to a garage one day on North William Street, and found Candie there. The owner of the garage eventually decided to give her to the shelter, and Dean knew something needed to be done. He went to the animal shelter, and he and his wife offered to pay the cost of adoption if someone could find a good home for Candie and wanted to adopt her. Kathy said eventually Candie's time came when the shelter could no longer house her, and they went to the shelter and adopted her them- selves. Dean said they tried to adopt her out to another family in the Dudley area, but after a visit out to her potential home, he decided it would be best if Candie stayed right where she was, with the Combses. Now, Candie and her new family are insepara- ble — she tried to scurry over to her dad several times while photographer Suzi Wharton, with the Humane Society, was try- ing to snap photos. But not every animal that came through the store was hesitant about Santa — someone brought in two horses, and got photos of them with the jolly old man from the North Pole. The $10 donation to the society got the pet owners a 4-by-6 photo on the spot. The Humane Society has held the same event in years past at Pet Sup- plies Plus, and has done it at Tractor Supply for the past two years. 6 — Goldsboro News-Argus Sunday, December 24, 2017 Celebrating the Reason for the Season As we revel in the joy and festivities of the Christmas season, we are moved to remember the greatest gi of all: the birth of our Savior. His eternal love for us brings peace and contentment to our hearts at this holy time and all year. Merry Christmas and Blessings to You and Yours! 515 N. SPENCE AVENUE • GOLDSBORO, N.C. 919.778.7110 or 1.800.799.7110 55DSP1216S©© www.GoldsboroPediatrics.com www.facebook.com/Goldsboro Pediatrics Every Step Of The Way 919.734.4736 –– Princeton –– Pediatrics P.A. 919-936-3164 –– Mt. Olive –– Pediatrics P.A. 919-658-9123 –– LaGrange –– Pediatrics P.A. 252-566-5999 86DCT1214L© "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 May Your Light So Shine Now & Evermore One Night One Child One Hope for All Humanity. At this special time of year and always, may the light of His love lead you down the path to happiness and contentment. We're honored to share this journey with all of you as we celebrate the Christmas season and rejoice in the miracle of our Savior's birth. Hallelujah! Merry Christmas and Blessings to You and Yours! Ram Rent-All, Inc. www.ramrentallonline.com 919.778.7500 2722 Graves Drive, Goldsboro 919.735.3320 306 Fedelon Trail, Goldsboro 919.359.2211 2900 US 70 East, Clayton 99DCT1215S© Let Faith Be Your Guide 919.934-8757 804 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield Photo submitted Each Thanksgiving day for the past seven years the members of Unity Fellowship Church on Community Drive in Rosewood pack up coats, blankets, and toys on trucks and trailers and set up on an empty lot across from the Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro and hand them out to the less fortunate. Hundreds of people come by and pick up items and then have a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings at our local soup kitchen . The church tries to bring the love of Jesus to the less fortunate in Goldsboro with a smile and a hug or kind word. Afterward, church members gath- er back at the church where a Thanksgiving meal has been prepared and enjoy a time of fellowship with one anoth- er. The little country church also has a food and clothing ministry at the church that is open on Saturdays where it gives out gently used or new clothes, which have been donated, and food, provided by the Food Pantry in Grantham, to those in need. Pastor Kelvin Gurley has overseen this project for seven years and has been able to bless hun- dreds of people each year through God's goodness. AgCarolina Farm Credit donates toys to Toys for Tots From staff reports RALEIGH — For the third consecutive year, AgCarolina Farm Credit announced a donation of toys from members and employees for local needy children. More than 780 toys were col- lected in the toy collec- tion drive. The Toys for Tots campaign began in Sep- tember in conjunction with customer apprecia- tion events held at AgCarolina Farm Cred- it's 12 branches in east- ern North Carolina. Members and employ- ees were also able to purchase raffle tickets for a rocking bench donated by a member of the Rocky Mount branch. The raffle generated more than $1,300 with all funds going to pur- chase toys for the toy drive. AgCarolina's Rocky Mount branch was the host of a celebration of the efforts of customers and employees Nov. 28. Representatives of Toys for Tots and each of AgCarolina's branch- es were on site for the reception. All toy dona- tions will benefit local North Carolina chil- dren. "The Toys for Tots campaign is an opportu- nity for AgCarolina to impact the communities we serve during the hol- iday season," said AgCarolina President and chief executive offi- cer Dave Corum. "Our members and employees continue to come together in sup- port of needy children in eastern North Caroli- na. The day of our Toys for Tots celebration has become one of my favorite days through- out the year. "We thank all of our members and employ- ees for their efforts in the Toys for Tots cam- paign." AgCarolina Farm Credit is a farmer- owned financial cooper- ative with headquarters in Raleigh. They are the leading provider of credit to farmers in cen- tral and eastern North Carolina. AgCarolina Farm Credit has more than $1.4 billion in loans and commitments outstand- ing to nearly 3,000 North Carolina farmers. Loans are made to finance land, homes, farm buildings, operat- ing expenses, livestock and equipment, as well as other purposes. Cred- it life insurance, appraisal services, and leasing are also avail- able through AgCaroli- na Farm Credit. ■ Members and employees collect more than 780 toys for local needy children. 'The day of our Toys for Tots celebration has become one of my favorite days throughout the year.' DAVE CORUM on AgCarolina Farm Credit collecting toys for needy children. Pets get their picture taken with Santa News-Argus/ETHAN SMITH Dean Combs tries to get his dog, Candie, to pose for a photo with Santa Claus. Tractor Supply Co. held a fundraiser, where people could donate $10 to the Wayne County Humane Society to have their pets' photo taken with Santa Claus. ■ Fundraiser was for the Humane Society.

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