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Tragedy turns into community support for school custodian

Posted March 17, 2015
Updated March 18, 2015

— Melody Bailey and her daughter lost everything in a house fire two weeks ago.

“Homeless. Just feeling homeless,” she said. “That was my word for it.”

On Tuesday, the Pittsboro community used French fries and other food to help Bailey with her recovery efforts.

Half of the sales at a local McDonalds between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. benefited Bailey and her family.

“When we got the email notifying us about what had happened, we just felt like we had to do something,” said Rex Willoughby, restaurant owner.

Bailey, the head custodian at North Chatham Elementary School, is known for going beyond her job title to help children.

“She knows the names of so many of the children here tonight because she cares,” said Dale Minge, school principal. “And she cares about children.”

Bailey was presented with a check of $2,165 dollars at the end of the night.

“It shows how important she is to the community,” Minge said.


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  • Lee Roy Mar 18, 2015
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    That Rex Willoughby is sweet a sugar dumplings to help that woman like that!

  • Edward Levy Mar 18, 2015
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    ditto-ditto Johnny Bird

  • Johnny Byrd Mar 18, 2015
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    GOOD FOR THEM helping someone deserving in need.