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The Knight’s Shining Armor

This story is about 13 year old Peyton Judkins, son of Alyn and Connie Judkins of Greer, SC. Alyn serves as Vice President-Procurement with Eastern. Peyton’s brother, Andrew, is an 8th grader on the baseball team at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, SC.

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Making Christmas Special

December 30, 2010

Ms. Lenora Cuddy, a volunteer with Miracle Hill Ministries (MHM) in the Upstate of South Carolina, has spearheaded a special mission to provide “Christmas” for the children who have been placed – some temporarily, some permanently – at the MHM Children’s Home. These children are the innocent victims of troubled circumstances, and through this project, they are able to experience the blessing of Christmas in a very special way.

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The Day Only God Could Script

November 16, 2010

Throughout our lifetime, there are moments that change us forever. Some moments stand out far more than others, and yet, sometimes it’s not always for a good reason. This is one of those moments that not only stands out above the rest but also is as good as it gets!

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Eastern Mourns the Loss of Dale McDaris

October 8, 2009

Robin Dale McDaris, 49, passed away at his home in Greenville, SC on October 8, 2009, following a three-month battle with brain cancer.  McDaris was the Anderson Branch Manager of Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc.  He had worked for Eastern for fifteen years.   Kip Miller, President and CEO, notes, “Dale was a hard and productive worker.  He played a major role in helping Eastern establish business with some of the company’s major accounts.  Dale was one of the warmest and friendliest people I have ever known.  I was blessed to have known him.”

McDaris was survived by his wife Whitney Lockwood McDaris and their two children, Grayson (5) and Tinsley (3).  He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. McDaris of Greer; his sister-in-law, Sandy D. McDaris; his two nephews, Brent and Trey McDaris; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Dale was preceded in death by his brother, Gary D. McDaris.  

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Water is Life

February 25, 2010

The Eastern Cares Emergency Fund made a donation to Water Missions International to help them in their efforts to provide clean drinking water to Haiti.

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Partnership with Teleios Ministry and the Hungarian Baptist Church of Satu Mare

November 11, 2009

Eastern Cares in partnership with Teleios Ministry and the Hungarian Baptist Church of Satu Mare, Romania sponsored a Business Conference for area business leaders October 30-November 1, 2009 in Satu Mare.

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Dale McDaris Story

September 30, 2009

A cherished member of the Eastern family, Dale McDaris – Anderson Branch Manager, is facing the battle of his life. Dale was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Dale and his wife Whitney have a son Grayson (4) and a daughter Tinsley (2). Whitney is presently unable to work in order to help Dale with his recovery.

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The Vision of a Children’s Home

February 27, 2009


A shared vision combined with a common desire to change the lives of orphaned children led Eastern Cares to partner with Mpeli and Neema Mwaisumbe in 2005 to begin the Daily Bread Life Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania.

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Building a Church Against Opposition

December 31, 2008

Imagine not only having to travel a great distance just to go to church, but to do so amidst an often hostile environment. That was the case for more than 100 Christian families of Subramanya Nagar in Puttur village, Udupi Taluk in South India until Rajesh Salins of Bell-O-Seal Valve, one of Eastern’s business contacts, was inspired by God to construct a church in order to benefit all Christians in the area. Despite his commitment of resources and land, Salins encountered staunch opposition from local non-Christians. Even after laying a foundation on property he gave for the church building, work continued to be hindered. So, Salins donated the property to CSI Church Association. However, the faithfulness of Salins, the CSI Church Association, and other believers to God’s call to build a church proved stronger than the opposition as they finally succeeded in convincing the locals to let building continue. As a result of much prayer and faithfulness in reaching out to Christians all over the world, the church, named CSI St. Paul’s Church, is near completion with work on a parsonage set to start soon.

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Giving is Receiving

December 26, 2008

Christmas is a time filled with joy, carols, and presents.  However, for those of us who are less fortunate, Christmas can be a dark time filled with reminders of things we don’t have.  Eastern takes this opportunity to make a difference and give back to the local communities.

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