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Mint Hill Community Church hosting block party

The Mint Hill Community Church will be hosting a block party at Independence High School, Sunday, January 27, from 1—3 pm. Free hot dogs and chicken will be available, an inflatable will be there, and attendees will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire. Admission is free.

By |January 23rd, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Bright Blessings celebrates MLK Day with service marathon

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013, a group of local volunteers worked through the day to provide help and some happiness to local homeless children.

Throughout the day, 140 people worked to wrap books and birthday gift sets, create birthday cards, hygiene kits, make pillows, and more. 
Bright Blessings, a nonprofit organization in Matthews, hosted the day of service at their “Giving Village” in Matthews, in honor of MLK Day, providing area volunteers a way to help homeless children in the greater Charlotte region.
In 2005, co-founder Amy Cervantes started Bright Blessings with her husband John after a birthday party for their eldest son, who was turning three. 
“Well here was Alex, and he was surrounded by all these family and friends and beaming with joy and feeling very, very special and loved,” Cervantes said. “What about kids who maybe don’t get to experience that, and that led us to think about homeless childrenčdo they have a chance to celebrate their birthdays?”
The program was also founded to promote volunteerism and service among community members.
“Part of our mission here at Bright Blessings is not only to serve the homeless population, but to also encourage volunteerism through the community, and especially with families,” Cervantes said.
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By |January 23rd, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Relay for Life hits the ground running

Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill is off to a running start in their 2013 fundraising season.
Scheduled this year for May 17 at the Park on Fairview, Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, an overnight event where teams share in constantly walking laps to symbolize the nonstop fight against cancer.
Local groups and businesses organize teams and raise funds to support ACS, selling products and walking laps throughout the event. 
The relay starts with a Survivor Lap, to honor cancer survivors, and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at dark to honor those that have fought cancer.
Last year’s event saw nearly 300 people from the community come out to support the efforts of the teams and volunteers, and this year, more are expected.
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By |January 23rd, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Relay for Life hits the ground running

Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill is off to a running start in their 2013 fundraising season.

Scheduled this year for May 17 at the Park on Fairview, Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, an overnight event where teams share in constantly walking laps to symbolize the nonstop fight against cancer.
Local groups and businesses organize teams and raise funds to support ACS, selling products and walking laps throughout the event. 
The relay starts with a Survivor Lap, to honor cancer survivors, and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at dark to honor those that have fought cancer.
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By |January 23rd, 2013|Around Town, Matthews|0 Comments

10K signatures and counting for change

Ten thousand signatures and the Davenport family is one step closer to gaining closure for the tragic ordeal young Kilah Davenport suffered last year at the hands of her stepfather. Kilah’s doctors told her family she would not live after the May 16, 2012 beating, and later the doctor’s said she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. In the months since, Kilah has grown stronger each day and is slowly learning to eat, walk, and talk again.

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By |January 23rd, 2013|Around Town, Government|2 Comments