Hannah Moyles couldn’t help but smile each time she saw children draw a picture or scribble their names with a crayon as they made cards for soldiers. Some drew pictures of flags while others simply drew a smiley face. But all of the kids and other community members had showed up to help Hannah’s mission of supporting the troops.
As part of the Lady Godiva Gives Program, a national effort to give back to the community, Hannah approached Deidra Powell, the chairwoman of the Ministry to Military mission at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Moyles, 17, recently graduated from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and will be attending Duke University this fall.
She worked with the church and organized an event last week to help raise awareness and support for troops currently deployed overseas.
“I have several friends who are going into the military, and I want to do whatever I can to help show support,” Moyles said. “I think that especially since a lot of units are coming home, people often forget about our troops that are overseas, and I wanted to help remind people that they still need to show our support for our soldiers.”
At the event, more than 50 people participated in a variety of activities to raise awareness and show support. More than $300 dollars was raised through sales of baked goods and T-shirt sales. Many community and church members showed up with their arms full of donations to send overseas to the troops. Participants helped pack 10 large care packages that will be sent to soldiers in Egypt and Afghanistan.
“There are many soldiers serving our country who never get their name called during mail call,” said Powell, who has two sons currently serving in the military. “Our church sends care packages twice a month to let soldiers without family support know how much we care. This event was a great extension of our church’s mission with the military.”
Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Hannah. Four years ago, she founded From Ewe to You, a program which has crocheted over 10,000 items for shelters, hospitals and animal organizations. “Hannah was amazing to work with,” Powell said. “She has a wonderful heart and a passion for giving back. We were very blessed to have her help us with this project.”
The church is continuing to collect donations to send to deployed soldiers. Items such as drink packets, socks and snacks can be dropped off at the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church office during office hours, at 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest.
Celebrate Calm workshop
Parents of toddlers to teens can learn how to stop defiance and disrespect by attending one of the two Celebrate Calm events from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, or 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. Kirk Martin, America’s Calm Coach, will be presenting at the free event. For more information, call 919-554-8109 or visit www.hopelutheranwf.org.
The Bel Canto Company will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. The company, directed by Welborn Young, will present choral music, including music from composers Dan Forrest and David Schwoebel. The concert will also include the regional premiere of Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” The event is in conjunction with Hinshaw Music’s 39th annual celebration choral workshop and is open to the public. The concert is free, but limited seating will be available. For more information, visit www.esumc.org or call 919-832-7535.
My Brain & My Money workshop
Crossroads Fellowship Church is inviting the community to attend the My Brain & My Money workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in Room 751 at the Raleigh Campus, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The workshop will explore the new field of behavioral finance to learn why the human brain is hard-wired to make bad investment decisions. Participants will also learn about common investing mistakes and how to make better decisions about money in the future. For more information, call Val Edwards at 919-981-0222 x124 or visit www.crossroads.org.
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