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  • Earth Angels

    While the holidays are usually a time filled with laughter, love and family for many of us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are often difficult for children and youth in foster care.  The reasons children enter the foster care system are numerous:  parental incarceration; parental substance abuse; death of a parent due to suicide, disease or other tragedy; domestic violence; physical abuse.; and, neglect.  Perhaps the most painful separation of all is when a biological parent simply walks away from their child.

    At Elks Aidmore, we are blessed to have a multitude of people who step up every year to make the holidays as bright as possible for the children and youth in care.  As one person said several years ago, “not all angels are in heaven”.  

    Thanks to donations received at the Spring Meeting of the Georgia Elks Association and Georgia Elks Aidmore Auxiliary, our gym kitchen was renovated during the “off-season”.  The renovations included new cabinets and countertops, a new sink, a 36-inch electric stove with 6 burners, new vent hood, a new dishwasher and a new under-the-counter microwave oven.

    On Thanksgiving Day, our “human angels” came to Conyers to experience the new kitchen and prepare a feast for the girls on campus. Under the coordination of Ed and Saundra Abel (Brunswick), the following individuals provided food, came to help, or made financial contributions for the Thanksgiving luncheon: Ron and Dannie Anderson (Waycross); Brunswick Elks Aidmore Auxiliary; Verna Carlisle (Brunswick); Doug and Mary Louise Clements (Tifton); Heather Hickey (Brunswick); Nancy Holder (Brunswick); Theresa Parker and Scott (Covington); Sandra Regan (Valdosta); Angela Spivey (Eatonton); Diane Stevens (Eatonton); Joey and Pam Stewart (Calhoun); Nancy Strickland (Brunswick); Jenny Taylor (Brunswick); and, Charlene Westberry (Brunswick).

    Another group of Earth Angels continued their holiday mission when they convened on the Aidmore campus during the second week in December.  On December 10th, under the direction of Aidmore Committee Chair Diane Stevens, the gym was transformed into a winter wonderland.  Other members of the Aidmore Committee included:  Sandy Fambro (Union City); Mary Ann Goodrich (Savannah); Peggy Jones (Atlanta Northlake); Theresa Parker (Covington); and advisor Saundra Abel (Brunswick).  They were joined by numerous Elks and Auxiliary volunteers who created arts and craft memorabilia for the young women in care.  On Sunday, December 10th, the traditional Aidmore Christmas Party was held in the gym, with a special program presented by the girls and a BBQ buffet with a multitude of desserts. Each Auxiliary in the state of Georgia, as well as the Past State Presidents of the Georgia Elks Aidmore Auxiliary, sponsored at least one young woman and presented her gifts on that morning.  There were lots of smiling faces and happy memories created. A special thanks to Gary and Shelli Stephens (Augusta) who are absolutely the perfect Santa and Mrs. Claus!

    On December 17th, approximately 250 foster parents and children participated in the Therapeutic Foster Care program in Conyers.  Numerous games and lots of entertainment filled the day.  Nick’s BBQ and Chick-Fil-A provided the meal for the celebration.  Emory Walker, Family Consultant in the Conyers office, recreated Santa for the children and youth attending the party.  Georgia Elks Auxiliary Past President Mary Louise Clements (and husband, Doug) and current Georgia Elks Auxiliary President Pam Stewart, ventured back to Conyers for the second weekend in a row to help with the festivities.  Joann Joseph, Recruiter Coordinator for the Conyers office, once again out did herself in the solicitation of community support to make this the best Christmas ever for our kids.

    The next day, on December 18th, the Valdosta Elks Lodge and Auxiliary hosted a Christmas Party for the youth in our foster care program in Valdosta.  They provided a meal, gifts and food baskets to each family in attendance.  “Santa” arrived on his special sleigh, a big red fire truck, as a highlight of the day.

    As we say farewell to 2016, we give thanks to all our supporters, past and present, who have contributed to the success of Elks Aidmore.  Most of all, we give thanks and glory to God for allowing us to be surrounded by individuals who have a servants heart, and for the gift of his Son, Jesus…the perfect gift…the one that fits the size of every heart.

    COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

    Kasey Boggs

    Brian Bown

    Latoya Brown

    Deon Cannon

    Carrie and MacKay Chewning

    Jennifer Crosswell/Arbor Pharmaceuticals

    Crossroads United Methodist Women

    Katonya Drammeh/BXquisite Hair Studio

    Du-Bol Winnies (Ed & Saundra Abel)

    Paula Duffey

    Toni Ecker

    Bonnie Ellington/Lovelight Charities

    Christina Furbert

    Stefanie Guerra

    Garret and Annie Hall

    HeadKrack

    Jessica Hembree

    Dale Hutchins

    Christie Key

    Kevin Little

    Melissa McCarthy

    Lois Moss

    Gail Murphy

    Teri Nallett

    National Contractors Builders

    Newton County Home School Co-Op

    Ana Ortiz/Lowe’s

    Peach State Construction Company

    Peachtree Academy

    Rockdale County Fire and Rescue

    Rockdale Pharmacy

    Rong’s Enterprises, Inc.

    Jan Ross/Heritage Baptist Church

    Lisa Rudolph

    Courtney Ryan

    Shiloh United Methodist Church

    Stewart/Boulware families

    Cori Stubbs

    Tottianna Thomas

    Vulcan Materials Company

    Delores Wells

    Telvin Williams