Bright Blessings offers new program to help homeless children

The Mint Hill Times

The Kirton family of Waxhaw display the finished gift sets they created for local homeless children (L to R): Savannah, Braxton, and mom, Crystal.

 

Bright Blessings, a local non-profit with programs that aid homeless children and their families, announced a unique opportunity for summer visitors to show their support—with a personal touch.
The organization, which was started by Mint Hill residents Amy and John Cervantes, is promoting its new “Heart To Heart” project that offers individualized giving experiences that help connect visitors with local homeless children in a personally tangible way.  Members of the Kirton family from Waxhaw were some of the first to participate.
Through its Build-A-Bucket project, participants make a $10 contribution to support Bright Blessings and create their own one-of-a-kind gift sets for homeless children, each uniquely designed and assembled.   At The Giving Village, the Kirton family chose gift containers and themes from the Village Toy Shoppe’s “Heart To Heart” specialty section to prepare their personalized gift sets. Continue reading
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Founding Mecklenburg County father gets new grave marker

The Mint Hill TimesFor a community that has been settled since the 1700s, there are many family names that still survive to this day. One founding father of the community, Sugar Dulin, was honored June 4 with a new headstone at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church cemetery located next to the church.The Mint Hill Times
Dulin’s original grave marker has long been missing. Based on historical documents, the family and church officials guessed where he might have been buried. Local residents Charlie Burdick and Harry Hood placed the new tombstone for the family. Both have been involved with restoring the three church cemeteries located at the church, along Matthews-Mint Hill Road near Queen’s Grant Charter School, and a location on Brief Road.
The memorial ceremony coincided with a family reunion for the Dulins. Sugar Dulin moved to the Mint Hill area in the late 1700s after serving in the Revolutionary War. Sue McDonald, administrator at the Mint Hill Historical Society, said his home was probably located near the McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of Lawyers Road and Lebanon Road. At one time, that section of Mecklenburg County was known as “Dulin’s Crossroads.” (PHOTOS BY CHARLIE BURDICK) Continue reading

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Mint Hill resident joins inaugural New York Brain Tumor Walk

Kay Herrin of Mint Hill is joining with people from around the country to raise a united voice in the fight against brain tumors. Herrin is taking part in the inaugural New York Brain Tumor Walk, one of the nine walks that take place throughout the year to raise brain tumor awareness and essential funds for research and patient services through the National Brain Tumor Society. The 5K walk in New York will take place on Saturday, June 18 on Governors Island. Registration begins at 7 am and programs and activities run from 8:30 am to noon. Continue reading

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Mint Hill and Charlotte: Extreme Makeover wants you!

Remember the house on Sudbury Road in 2008 that was completely remodeled by the crew on Extreme Makeover: Home? The King family had their average home turned into a dream home, and it was all filmed for TV.
Here’s amateur video of the project:

Now the producers of Extreme Makeover want to come back to the Charlotte area. They are looking for a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home.

Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to North Carolina.
“We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” says Supervising Casting Director Adam Drucker.
What does it take to be picked for an Extreme Makeover?

“We’re looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up,” Drucker said. “Whether it’s keeping their chin up in really tough circumstances or going out of their way to help others. We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people’s lives. There are a lot of people who are heroes to those around them because of the way they inspire others and quietly serve their communities on a daily basis.” Continue reading

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Lottery winner signs check over to mother-in-law

If only all mothers-in-law could be so lucky. Last week, Paula Milwood, a store clerk from Gastonia, was excited to see that her son-in-law scratched off the top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s $200,000 Cash game just a day after her grandson was born. Moments later, she was shocked when he handed her the winning ticket, saying “You keep it.”

“He just handed it to me and said I deserved it,” Milwood said. “He told me that I would know what to do with it. I didn’t know what to say.” The ticket was purchased at the Kingsway on Kendrick Road in Gastonia, where Milwood works. She plans to use her winnings, worth $136,001, to purchase a home for her family and possibly season passes to Carowinds amusement park.

“I feel like a big weight has been lifted,” Milwood added. “This is fantastic.” As of Monday afternoon, three top prizes remain to be claimed in the $200,000 Cash game.

In other lottery news, Carolina Cash 5 players in the Charlotte area need to check their numbers. One ticket matched all five numbers (9 – 11 – 14 – 31 – 37) in the Thursday, April 21 drawing and is worth $773,609. The jackpot had rolled since the April 9 drawing. This is the highest top prize in the game since the June 4, 2010 drawing when two players from Mebane and Hillsborough split the $823,652 prize. The largest single-winner Carolina Cash 5 claim occurred in November, 2007 when a player from Greenville matched all five numbers and won $856,988.

 

 

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Mint Hill resident a finalist for national prize

Jean Grayson of Mint Hill was named a semifinalist for the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame, a program dedicated to “celebrating everyday people who possess the same persevering spirit as the Energizer Bunny® and use that determination to make a difference.”

In January, baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and Energizer began a national search for the next member of the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame. From all of the submissions received, Grayson’s nomination rose to the top. She is now one of 100 Semifinalists in the running to become the 2011 Inductee into the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame. Continue reading

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