Coastal Explorers Give Back on MLK Holiday

While many of you were taking a much needed break from school and work, one group of dedicated 4-H’ers decided to give back to the community.  The Coastal Explorer 4-H Club was established in 2012 and consists of seven members.  They are a traditional community club that focuses on various topics and projects throughout the year and meet out of Hampstead, NC.

Tina Sharpe, the Coastal Explorer 4-H Club Leader tells about their community service project that they conducted on January 21, 2013:

Robert Anderson offers a great service to many members of the Burgaw Community, particularly focusing on seniors.   Several times a week,  the Armor of God Thrift store opens to a line of citizens who are in need of food.  Each individual has the chance to go and “shop” for the items that were brought in for that day.  Many times the local grocery stores donate day old or expired items that are still consumable.  They receive food from larger groups like Second Harvest (I believe it’s based in Raleigh), but just as often, the Burgaw Holiness Church will buy flats of canned goods for this need as well.  Our 4H’ers were on hand to assist these individuals, often disabled or injured, to their car.  Many of them were appreciative of the young, able-bodied 4H’ers and enjoyed joking about how young they once were…such as the picture here that includes a 92 year old man who still drives himself.  Thanks to Carson Futch who helped carry his bags.  It’s really helpful to have an extra set of hands since he has to use a walker to get in and out of the building.  Delaney Popella was humbled by the family who offered her pocket change in return for her help, even though she declined.   The gap between generations closed during that hour and a sense of community seemed apparent.  It was the perfect way to spend the holiday!
Coastal Explorer 4-H Club Members from left to right: Sam Sharpe, Chandler Futch, Jake Russell, Liz Sharpe, Delaney Popella and Carson Futch

Coastal Explorer 4-H Club Members from left to right: Chandler Futch, Sam Sharpe, Jake Russell, Liz Sharpe, Delaney Popella and Carson Futch

Carson Futch helping carry bags to this man's car.

Carson Futch helping carry bags to this man’s car.

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