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Prison service club reaches out to others

Dear editor:

It is such a blessing to be able to give to others in need.

This holds true at Franklin Correctional Center in Bunn as well.

For the past five years, members of the Service Club, made up of 10 to 15 residents there, have blessed one to three families at Christmas.

These men have donated funds from their treasury to enable struggling families to have a warm, gift-filled Christmas.

Local elementary school guidance counselors have assisted in selecting families in need.

Prison officials and volunteers have shopped for the gifts and gotten them to the center for the club members to wrap.

The recreation space of the center was transformed into a tree-decorated room with presents galore underneath.

Families were invited in for music presented by the members of the club, a meal, and opening of carefully selected gifts.

Parents were presented with gift cards to buy needed items.

I am not sure who was more excited, the children or the club members, but the smiles were everywhere!

For those of us fortunate to be a part of this project, we received a gift as well -- witnessing love in action -- a giving to others, within the walls of a prison.

No matter our plight in life, we all have a need to give to others.

Many of the Service Club members have expressed that they look forward all year long to this wonderful project where they are able to do something for children and families needing a little lift.

It certainly is a highlight of this volunteer's Christmas season!

Karen Sparrow
Zebulon


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