WINFALL – Christmas was a little happier for 100 local residents thanks to the efforts of Dr Larry Honeyblue and Bobby Tolson.
The two graduates of Perquimans County High School sponsored an opportunity through their foundation, the 22H / T24 Scholarship Foundation, for local families to shop for free at a festive event held at City Hall in Winfall on December 18.
Three or four families from each of the four schools in the Perquimans County School District received an invitation to attend.
“We asked school counselors to help identify some families who were going through difficult financial and / or personal times and they received an invitation to attend,” said Brenda Lassiter, executive director of the Perquimans County Schools Foundation.
The items were organized in different areas of the room. After families chose a household item, children’s toys, and tech devices, they were then free to shop in other areas for items like curtains, clothing, and decorations.
Once families were selected by the schools served, Facebook posts invited other families in the community to attend. At the end of the event, more than 100 residents were able to receive free Christmas items.
Honeyblue and members of her church, First Missionary Baptist Church in Wilsons Mills, loaded and transported the items to Winfall for the Christmas event. Tolson and Jaundice Tolson-Lawrence were also in attendance.
“We believe in giving than receiving,” Honeyblue said. “We are choosing to do something positive for someone else. “
Tolson said he and Honeyblue organized the event because “we want to positively impact as many people as possible.”
4 nonprofits received $ 500 gift cards from Lowe’s
Thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores and Elizabeth City Downtown Inc., four local nonprofits recently received $ 500 Lowe’s gift cards to use for projects.
ECDI received a $ 65,000 grant from the Lowe’s 100 Hometowns Grant earlier this year to fund the Fowler Alley project downtown. As part of this grant, Lowe’s also presented ECDI with four $ 500 gift cards to give to “others as Secret Santa Claus this holiday season,” said ECDI’s Executive Director. , Debbie Malenfant.
ECDI’s Board of Directors has agreed to provide the cards to four local nonprofits: River City YouthBuild, American Legion Post 84, Albemarle Area United Way, and Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity.
According to Malenfant, the CCC, which operates under the umbrella of Albemarle Area United Way, needs wood and other supplies to build ramps for community residents who need better access to their house. The agency may also be able to use the funds to purchase heaters for residents who need them.
Habitat also needs supplies to build homes for its clients. Habitat also “contributed to our selection for the 100 Hometowns grant, as they were appointed as reviewers for the project,” said Malenfant.
River City YouthBuild needs building materials for its training programs, she said. It is also a downtown organization.
The American Legion Post 84 has partnered with ECDI on its Music on the Green series and “helps veterans with their home projects,” said Malenfant.
Malenfant and members of the ECDI Board of Directors presented the gift cards to non-profit organizations on December 22.