You Blow Me Away
First, a recap of what was covered on the air. We started with Effie Merritt. Effie is a retired teacher and Principal who devotes her time to about five different volunteer efforts. We focused on her work at The Raleigh Correctional Center for Women. Effie believes everyone deserves a second chance. That's why she is a mentor and a sponsor of inmates. That means she spends time visiting with inmates at the prison and mentors women who are close to being released on what they need to do to be successful on the outside. For women who have earned the privilege, Effie takes them in her car to places like the grocery store, the nail salon, and the theater. She was the prison's volunteer of the year for 2004.
Next, we profiled Lori Lee of Clayton, creator of the Me Fine foundation. Lori's son Folden was diagnosed with Leukemia at 17 months old. He died last year. $40,000 was raised for Lori and her family. Instead of keeping it she donated $20,000 to Duke Hospital and used the other $20,000 to create the foundation. Lori pours herself into helping other kids with cancer and their families. She takes on any request. It can be as small as a computer for a teen who wanted to keep in touch with her friends to a car for a sick boy who was riding the public bus to clinic. www.MeFineFoundation.org.
We traveled to Fayetteville to pay tribute to the military spouses left on the homefront when their husbands and wives are deployed. We introduced you to Cindee Harrington, a mother of two boys. Her husband just returned from a nearly yearlong deployment. While he was away she did her parental duties, held down a full time job and two part time ones and still found time to volunteer with her church and with the support network for military families. Cindee is one of many spouses going through this and it's not over. Her husband has another deployment in his future.
Finally, we told you about Sidney Post or Mr. Environment as I like to call him. Sidney is passionate about clean water, teaching kids about keeping the earth clean and making his community, Fayetteville, a better place to live. Sidney leads the watershed action team. In that role he has led efforts to create outdoor classrooms at five schools. At Village Christian Academy he helped turn a plain old retention pond into something special. It now has a boardwalk and plants. Students use the pond to enhance what they learn in their science books. He also leads stream cleanup efforts, and helps scouts earn badges with projects like building park benches out of old logs found at the bottom of a stream. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/cumberland/watershed/
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