Bright Blessings will be featured on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday

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TODAY Show reporter, Sara Haines, interviews co-founder and volunteer executive director, Amy Cervantes, as young volunteers prepare supplies for a Bright Blessings celebration

A producer with NBC’s TODAY Show has confirmed that a special segment about local nonprofit, Bright Blessings, is scheduled to air next Wednesday, July 13, during the 10 am hour of the TODAY Show.

This past February, a TODAY team was in Charlotte to interview and film for the feature segment about Matthews-based Bright Blessings, a volunteer-led nonprofit serving homeless children and families across the greater Charlotte region.

Amy and John Cervantes, founders of Bright Blessings, are Mint Hill residents. Continue reading


New West Union County Rotary Club president installed

Chad Hannon was named the Union West Rotary Club Chad president for the coming year.The Mint Hill Times
“I joined Rotary back in 2009 with hopes of being able to contribute to our community,” he said. “I am looking forward to the next stage in my life and being President of Rotary. My goal in life is to help as many people as I can and impact their life in a positive way.”

Outgoing President Maureen Mulhall began the June 23 meeting with remarks about her tenure.
“It has been an honor to serve Union West Rotary and our community. I am delighted to welcome Chad Hannon as the new President and look forward to working with him and our new board,” said Mulhall.

Union West Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 am at the Indian Trail Civic Building. This 42 member service club strives to make a positive difference in the lives of others and support the community through various activities such as sponsoring literacy programs at Union West Library, supplying dictionaries to the local schools, and more recently, donating $50,000 to the Town of Indian Trail sponsoring the pavilion in their new park. For more information about Union West Rotary visit


IBM employees volunteer at Blessed Assurance

The Mint Hill TimesBlessed Assurance Adult Day Care participated in IBM’s celebration of 100 years as a company on June 11 and 15. More than 75 employees from IBM in Charlotte contributed at 26 area non-profits in the region. As a part of this celebration, Melanie A. Tindley, Systems Availability Leader at IBM, reached out to Nate Huggins and Blessed Assurance and arranged for Senior Development Manager, Gary Brooks and Senior Software Engineer, John W. Medlin to conduct a complete technology inventory, comprehensive security audit and a total analysis and maintenance of the computer lab. Additionally, Tindley and Sammie Allam, Sales and Distribution Executive, prepped and painted several offices.


Bright Blessings offers new program to help homeless children

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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

Korean Appreciation Day in Mint Hill draws more than 300

The organizers of the new North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial in Mint Hill held a Korean Appreciation Day at the Park on Fairview Sunday. More than 300 tuned out for the event which was an appreciation for the Korean communities in Charlotte and the South for helping to finance the new memorial. Don Putnam, president of the Korean War veterans association chapter which spearheaded the effort to build the memorial, received at check for $56,244 from the Consul General of The Republic of Korean based in Atlanta, GA  on behalf of the Republic of Korea government.
The crowd heard speeches from Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, North Carolina Representative Bill Brawley, Putnam and Bill Reid of the NCKWVA. Speeches were also made by several prominent Koreans from the Southeast including Hae Jin Chun, Consul General of The Republic of Korea; Sang Kun Park, President of Korean Associations, Southeast; and Jin Chul Yu of The Federation of Korean Associations, U.S.
“I am Korean by birth,” Yu told the audience, “but I am also a flag waving American.”
Attendees enjoyed a Korean traditional dancing, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Korean cuisine, and hot dogs. Korean American women, dressed in traditional clothes, laid a wreath at the memorial.



Discover Mint Hill ramping up for this year’s festivities

The folks who are putting together  Discover Mint Hill this year have just about finalized plans. The event explores the culture and history in the town and will be held  April 16 from 9 am to 3 pm at “Discovery Square,” which is at the intersection of Bain School Road and Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

Monarch Mortgage of Mint Hill is sponsoring a Treasure Hunt for cash prizes. “Explorers” can follow their treasure map to the booths at “Discovery Square.” Collect a sticker from each booth to enter the drawings.

So what can you expect this year? Continue reading