Junior’s House leaders are thankful for the community support received each year at Christmas time.
Heather Warden, executive director of Junior’s House Child Advocacy Center here, expressed her appreciation to those who assisted with providing Christmas presents to children served by the center.
This year there were forty angels on the Junior’s House Angel Tree, according to Warden. The “angels” are children who have suffered from abuse or neglect, and the likelihood that they would have Christmas gifts is slim.
“This year there was an overwhelming response from the community to adopt the Junior’s House angels and to donate funds to help purchase gifts for the angels,” Warden said.
Lori and Becca’s Dance Depot coordinated the donation of Christmas presents for each of the angels by their dance troupe. Callie Shelton and Backstage Performing Arts held a “Zumbathon” and raised over $250. Ottley Family Dental donated $400. The Ladies Bridge Group donated $200. Cash Express held a toy and money drive and donated eight boxes of toys and over $100.
MAPCO Market donated a new bike and two large boxes of toys for the children. The TTC Medical Assistant’s Class at Motlow held a donation drive and raised $100 and donated many paper products, snacks and clothing. The Local 2385 Machinists Union donated food and snacks for the children and their families.
Ms. Taylor’s fourth grade class at South Lincoln Elementary voted to each bring a toy to donate to Junior’s House, rather than exchange gifts, and the entire fifth grade at Highland Rim did a toy drive too.
Lyman Cox’s daughters, Savannah and Jordan, donated a Radio Flyer wagon filled with toys for two of the angels. The Lincoln County Health System and Mary Beth Seals donated six boxes of full toys for the children, and the Lincoln County High School baseball team raised $250 and purchased presents for the children.
Hope Assembly of God made individual stockings for all of the angels, and Christian Fellowship Church, along with Troy Windon, donated $300 to shop for the angels.
The following list of clubs, churches and individuals adopted angels off of the tree and went shopping for the clothing, shoes and toys requested: The Lady Elks, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Michelle Burkett, Julia Hearnsberger, Cathi Gorham, Shelia Porter and family, Nola Monks and family, The City of Fayetteville staff, the Washington Street Church of Christ, Carrie Robertson, Flossie Thomison, Andrea Delap and family, Tracey Duke and children, Henrietta Towry and family, Melissa Massey and Amy and Jason Nix.
“I think that what truly makes life good is the commitment you put into making life good,” said Warden. “What makes life good is the experience of making a difference.
“Thank you, Fayetteville and Lincoln County, for making a difference in the lives of our children.”