Editorial: Community generosity shines again on adversity

We knew it wouldn’t be an easy year.

The Empty Stocking Fund has been challenged for the second year in a row by COVID-19. A mountain of inflation got involved this year.

The requests were numerous as always. Like many philanthropic initiatives, 2021 was a challenge. And for many of those who have regularly donated, the reasons are not their fault.

We are grateful to be spreading the joy of Christmas this year with dozens of children in Bladen County.

The collections were $ 6,951.49. We couldn’t be more proud of what this represents and says about our community.

We have heard from a number of candidates talking about job losses. Others are dealing with family members who have cancer or who are disabled and cannot work.

A message from those who helped to those who gave was simple. “Thank you” they said over and over. “It’s a blessing,” they said.

Yes, the people of Bladen County helping the people of Bladen County is truly a blessing.

We know the following people are known to our readers, and we ask everyone to be intentional to share a word of thanks or encouragement. They shared with others, and therefore the children of our country are smiling.

Families and individuals include Leslie Johnson, Mary Augustine, Cephus Beatty, Elizabeth and Paul Albritton, Erin McCarty, Dr Teressa McKoy Watts, Laurie and Richard Smith, Catherine and Charles DeVane, Lady Dee, Robin and Edwin Herring and Dr Ray Cross.

Organizations and businesses included the Clarkton Lions Club, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and Star Communications.

Churches and their groups included the Trinity United Methodist Church Men’s Club, Christ Our Savior Ministries, the Beth Car Presbyterian Church Sunday School Class, and the women of Beth Car Church.

Several were anonymous.

Everyone gave something, and as a result there are and will be big smiles in Bladen County.

The Bladen Journal sincerely thanks Jill Sampson and the staff at the Department of Social Services; to Ricky Leinwand and his team at Leinwand’s; and Tate Johnson and her staff at Lumber River United Way who helped make donations tax deductible this year.

The Empty Stocking Fund does not exist without these people. And that doesn’t happen without generous gifts.

From our newspaper family to yours, we say “Thank you! “And wish everyone a” Merry Christmas!

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