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Get involved with giving to those in need

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Distance doesn’t keep me from helping the Mount Morris community. While I have lived in Northern Virginia since 1983, my roots are deep within the Mount Morris community, and helping others has always been a priority in the lives of my family, parents and grandparents.  

“When you open your heart to giving, angels fly to your door,” according to an unknown author.

The seniors at Pinecrest Community have a special place in my heart and in my memories of working with and volunteering to help the residents. The Good Samaritan Fund helps almost half the residents pay their living costs.  

Because more residents will need help, I hope to inspire others who went to school in Mount Morris to help raise funds, e.g., hold a bake sale, get donations for a 5K run, or plan a golf competition to bring in money.

In my many years of fundraising, I’ve supported local causes as well as those hundreds of miles away. What’s important is that you choose a non-profit to help and be passionate about it.

I recently organized, baked for, solicited others’ baking expertise, and held a huge bake sale in Oakton, Va. Ideas on what to bake first came from my mom, Joanne Miller, and then blossomed into me baking homemade apple pies as taught by my beloved late grandmother, Olive Corbett. The bake sale brought in $2,335 for the Good Samaritan Fund.

The other fund dear to me is Fish and Loaves, at the Church of the Brethren. This pantry serves around 140 families a month, representing close to 500 individuals.

If you would like to contribute to Fish and Loaves, contact Nelson Miller through the Church of the Brethren office in Mount Morris. The contact for Good Samaritan Fund donations is Amy Sykita.

Please support these wonderful programs with your generosity.

Note to readers: Karen Clark grew up in Mount Morris. Her parents still live there.

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