Spirit of the Season


Goldsboro News-Argus - Spirit of the Season

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Sunday, December 24, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 7 510 S. GEORGE ST. GOLDSBORO, NC 27530 919-734-6061 • www.theswopshop.com SWOP SHOP We've been serving Wayne County for 47 years! Presenting Our Best Wishes All things merry, all things bright, lots of laughter, love and light.the gifts of joy, faith, friendship and health, contentment, gratitude and plentiful wealth. May all of these wonderful blessings be yours at the holidays and always! We greatly appreciate the gifts of friendship and support we have received from the community. ank you for making 2017 everything we hoped it would be. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 21DSP1217T© Wishing you and your family the best during the holiday season. e fe i L n e m ood W t b i r i p e s l b a t i r a ch ® y t t i n u m m o r c u o t to y h g u o r t b e r e fe ff i ng a d i k a n m s i e ev i l e b . n o s a e s s i h y t . W s e i t i n u m m o r c u n o e i c n n b a u c o , y e fe i L n e m d o o h W t i . W e h f t t o r e pa n b 15 / 0 1 15 9 0 D C d L l r o e W h f t n o e m d o o W E , N a h a m : O y t e i c o e S c n a r u s n e I f i d L Denise S Lowery, Representative 1212B Parkway Dr Goldsboro, NC 27534 Phone: 919-751-8911 Mobile Phone: 919-922-6280 Email: DSLowery@woodmen.org 1DBL1217M© Wishing you all the joys and happiness of the holiday season. May you be blessed with peace, love, good health & joy! 63DCT1217S© Most Medical Insurance Accepted & Filed * Physician Referral Not Required 919.734.1311 • www.goldsborophysicaltherapy.com 2503 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 Photo submitted Studio 33 Dance Company took a group of 30 dancers, known as Hope Travelers, to volunteer at Kennedy Home. They collected more than three boxes of toiletries and necessities for the clients. While there, they performed four numbers on the theme of finding hope, then provided lunch and vis- ited with the clients. They also led a hip-hop dance workshop and provided individual instruction. Photo submitted As an early Christmas surprise, the 20 students in Bonnie Bucher's third-grade class at Meadow Lane Elementary School each received a Kindle. One of the student's mother, Treshawana Gwendo put the word out that the students needed this technology and people from all over the world began donat- ing the Kindles and Kindles for Kids was born. She already has 10 Kindles for children in the class next year. Salvation Army provides gifts, food to local families By BECKY BARCLAY bbarclay@newsargus.com Many children dream months in advance of what toys they may get for Christmas. But some children would not have any- thing under their tree if not for the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel Tree program and the generosity of this community. The program provid- ed toys for about 900 local children this year, said Capt. Sher- rie Stokes with the Salvation Army. Families completed an application process back in October. "We analyzed their income and their expenses," Stokes said. "And in order for a family to receive Christmas assistance, they had to have attended one of our lifeskills classes dur- ing the 12 months before." She also said that if someone has applied for Christmas help three consecutive years, they are not eli- gible the fourth year. "With the assistance and resources that we give and the classes that we teach, they should have received some type of resources to help them," Stokes said. "There are going to be one or two that are just greedy and they want everything they can get. I tell our vol- unteers taking appli- cations that they've got to get through the greedy to get to the needy." Stokes said the Sal- vation Army compares its list with other agencies so there's no double dipping by any applicant. Last year the Salva- tion Army started going into Sampson County, instead of having those appli- cants try to get to Goldsboro. "If they are all com- ing to us and their funds are already tight, it's going to add even more stress," Stokes said. "So we are doing applications at the Sampson Coun- ty Department of Social Services." Angel Trees were at the Clinton Walmart, all Wayne County Wal- marts, Berkeley Mall, K&W Cafeteria, Gold's Gym, Atlantic Eye Center, Seymour Funeral Home and Olive Garden. The process was simple: Go to an Angel Tree, take a tag off, buy gifts and return them with the card, making sure the gifts are not wrapped, no later than Dec. 8. Each card contained the child's first name, age, clothing sizes and his or her wish list. "In the past, we've said no electronics, but our generation of children are getting into electronics, but our generation of chil- dren are getting into electronics," Stokes said. "Some children are using tablets to do all of their homework on." She said this year, the families asked strictly for the neces- sities — coats, socks, underwear. "It really says some- thing when they ask for those necessities," Stokes said. "They say anything the commu- nity gives them, they'll be thankful for. "We had one lady who was in a house fire in March and the family is still recover- ing. They had to go out and get a new home and replenish everything in the home. It's difficult." Stokes said some of the applicants were Hispanics dealing with their spouses being deported. "We had one lady come in and her hus- band was in a car accident," she said. "The police found out that he was an illegal and he was deported and cannot return to the United States for 10 years. This mom has always been a stay-at-home mom with no trade and two children. All of her family is either in Mexico or Texas. Situ- ations like that really tug at your heart." Stokes said a lot of the other applicants were applying for assistance due to lack of income, like single moms who have young children and no family to watch their chil- dren while they work at night because first shift jobs are hard to find. "Some people are employed; they're just not making enough to provide Christmas for their children," she said. "I tell them they know Christmas comes the same time every year and ask them why they are not saving their money. Most of their respons- es are 'It's hard to save money when you don't have extra money to save.' "Last year when we did our devotion, there were women and men in tears just hearing the testimonies that were being shared and hearing the prayer requests," Stokes said. "Knowing that there are people in the com- munity going through the same things you are going through can do something to you emotionally." She said when vol- unteers come out with the applicants' bag of toys and sometimes even a bicycle, the applicants are over- whelmed. Not only did each family walk out with toys for the chil- dren, but also a holi- day food box consisting ■ About 900 children received clothes and toys this year. See SALVATION ARMY, Page 9

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