The folks at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Idlewild Road helped 30 families at the Double Oak Community Center have a more merry Christmas. Volunteers gave food, clothing and presents to the families to help spread the holiday cheer. More than 75 people from the church volunteered including the Boy Scouts, youth ministry and Knights of Columbus.
Christmas time is about giving, and one Mint Hill resident and her family are giving one of the most valuable gifts of them all: Their time. The Lake Wylie Pilot reports that Jennifer Ballard of Mint Hill and some of her family pitched in to help wrap presents for 14 hospice families in the Lake Wylie area.
“We aren’t doing much for ourselves this year, but we wanted to help other people. Instead, we want to give to people who need it.
“I have my family, a house, income … I everything I need,” she said.
American Community Bank, including Mint Hill’s branch, showed their support for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child gift drive this season by volunteering at the program’s Charlotte Processing Center.
Employees and their families have donated time inspecting donated shoebox gifts and preparing them for overseas shipment.
“This is the second year American Community Bank employees and their families have volunteered with Operation Christmas Child and we are pleased to have even more employees involved than last year,” said Bryce Friesz, City Executive. “It is a great opportunity for us to come together as a bank and as a community.”
Each year, the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse collects donations of shoeboxes filled with children’s gifts, which it processes and ships to needy children in more than 130 countries. To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
For 10 years now, Larry Sladek and his wife have donated meals to the Men’s Shelter in downtown Charlotte. They donated $125 worth of food every first Saturday of the month, enough to feed 125 men. In recent years, their church, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, has helped out. They created several teams, one of which was the Sladeks, that each donated food four times a year.
After Sladek read a story in the Charlotte Observer on Sunday, he decided to broaden his scope by asking Mint Hill residents to pitch in this year. He is asking for donations of dry oatmeal and gently used men’s clothing that he and his wife will in turn take to the shelter January 1. You can bring by donations to Sladek’s dentist office in the same parking lot of the Mint Hill Police Department.
The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department is mailing a second request for donations to homeowners and businesses in the fire district that did not respond to the first mail-out in April. The fire district includes the town of Mint Hill and surrounding areas. If you receive the mail-out, please respond and support your department that provides fire protection and EMS services to you at no charge. They depend on your tax deductible support to provide the services.
The N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools needs volunteers at the Charlotte premier of “Waiting for Superman,” a movie about the charter school movement in the U.S. The alliance, headed by state Senator Eddie Goodall (District 35, which includes Mint Hill), is looking for people to recruit new members and to hand out fliers. The movie is at the Regal Manor Twin at 607 Providence Road. Times are Friday 6:00-9:30 Saturday 1:00-4:30 and Sunday 1:00-4:30.
Here’s a trailer for the movie: