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Virginia Mission Trip

August 6, 2009

In July, my family and I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a life changing mission trip with our church, Washington Baptist, to Jonesville, VA. Twenty adults and seventeen teenagers and children were able to make the trip. Jonesville is a small, sleepy little town with approximately 700 residents. Jonesville is not an affluent part of Virginia, and some of the residents are in financial crisis after having been laid off from the coal mine that has closed down. Driving through this town will make you feel like you have stepped back into the 1960’s.

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Souled Out Ministries

August 17, 2009

From August 10-14, I was fortunate enough to be able to give back to the community I grew up in. Souledout4God Ministry offered a free baseball camp to any willing participants in the Westminster, SC area.

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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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DBL Children’s Home Update

August 5, 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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Boys Home of the South

July 29, 2009

During the month of July, Eastern’s Blue Jean Friday donations were allotted towards the Boys Home of the South.  The Boys Home of the South is a non-profit, non-denominational residential group home dedicated to the care, education, and nurturing of troubled boys.  Their mission is simple.  Mend boys.  Build men.  Presently, fifty boys are residing in this home.

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Charity Golf Tournament

July 23, 2009

On Saturday July 11th, Rich Carrington, Dustin Sawyer, and I took part in a Charity Golf Tournament for Josh Worley.  Josh is the UPS Driver for Branch 1 – Greenville,SC.  Josh was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.  Josh’s coworker Jonathan O’Sullivan and his wife Heather, with the help of UPS, sprang into action.  Within two weeks, the team organized a golf tournament that raised $19,100 through registration, tee shirts, wristbands, 50/50, and a silent auction. In addition to money raised, Eastern made a generous donation through the Eastern Cares Program for the Worley Family.

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Giving in Greenville, SC

July 20, 2009

Each month the Greenville Branch has been supporting a different organization in the community.  We asked associates in Branch 1 – Greenville, SC to give us ideas about what charity they would like to help out, and then picked a different charity for each month.  We wanted everyone to be involved and that was a great way to kick off the BR1 Eastern Cares initiative.

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March of Dimes … for Community and Country

May 27, 2009

Eastern had the great privilege to participate once again in this year’s March of Dimes national “March for Babies” campaign. Money raised through “America’s favorite walking event” is used to fund research for answers to serious problems that threaten newborns, as well as programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives—bringing comfort and information to families of babies who are born too soon or sick.

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Special Olympics

May 22, 2009

Ahough I have a sister who once competed in the Virginia Special Olympics, I had never participated either as a spectator or a helper. On April 15, 2009, Alyn Judkins, Benjy Brown, and I were volunteers working with Alyn’s son, Peyton, who was a participant in the Special Olympics. Peyton was participating along with many other students from his school Hidden Treasures.

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MCASC Fishing Tournament

May 20, 2009


The 1st Annual Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina (MCASC) Coastal Area Fishing Tournament for Scholarships was held May 16th in Mount Pleasant, SC. 

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