The beginning of the new year marks the final days for North Carolina National Guard and Reserve members and their families to nominate supportive employers for the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. With 69 nominations from North Carolina already submitted, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, continues to encourage nominations of employers who have gone above and beyond in their support of military employees. Nominations will be accepted at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 19, 2009. The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Continue reading
District 21 of The Order of the Eastern Star donated 23 stuffed bears and bunnies to the Mint Hill Fire Department today. The program is a state-wide initiative where districts collect stuffed animals to donate to fire departments. The bears and bunnies are used to help console kids on emergency calls. The kids get to keep the stuffed animals if they want. In all, District 21, which includes Mint Hill, collected 222 stuffed animals from July to October. In the photo, Della Sperlbaum, DDGM and Ron Sperlbaum, DDGP of the 21st District pose for pictures in front of a Mint Hill fire truck.
Independence High School is giving Teddy bears to hospitalized children. The students and staff of Independence are buying Teddy bears to give to children in the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The Student Council is sponsoring a “Build a Heart” campaign and is collecting money to purchase stuffed Teddy bears for children in the hospital during Valentine’s Day. Each student and teacher is asked to give at least a $1. The Teddy Bears will be made at “Build-A-Bear” at Concord Mills Mall.
Money will be collected during lunches in the mall and may be given to Student Council members. The Teddy Bears will be taken to Levine’s Children Hospital on Valentine’s Day.
The Mint Hill Lions Club raised more than $400 to send a care package to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Division stationed in Afghanistan. They are based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Bob Mann, a Korean War veteran, spearheaded the effort because he heard the marines who are fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan don’t have access to post exchanges or commissaries. Continue reading