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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Everyday Heroes

Volunteer says ministry serving more Oxford residents who have lost homes

Suzanne Wilkin, a volunteer for Interfaith Compassion Ministry, said the number of people who have lost their homes in Oxford seems to be rising considering the number of clients who have sought help at ICM.

Wilkin, who moved to Oxford from Maryland with her husband in 1996, has spent more than 10 years volunteering with ICM, an association of 36 area churches who work together to help community members in need.

  (August 15, 2014, Page 1)

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    Taylors devote talents, time to helping the disadvantaged

    Jeff and Kathleen Taylor of Sweet T’s Bakery will be volunteering their time and talent at an upcoming fundraiser for Lafayette County families in need.

    The Doors of Hope Transition Ministries event, “A Summer Bounty,” will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  at the Overby Center Auditorium at the University of Mississippi to help homeless and at-risk families in Lafayette County become self-sufficient.

      (August 8, 2014, Page 1)

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      Moak jumps feet first into Eagle Scout service project

      George Moak, a 16-year-old Oxford High School student, hopes to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scout organization’s most prestigious honor.

      But first, he must complete a service project that has led him to dive feet first into a charity whose mission is to collect shoes for Guatemalan school children. (August 1, 2014, Page 1)

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        Ruth Ball pays back her community by helping others

        This week’s Everyday Hero is NAACP Oxford Chapter president Ruth Ball. She is organizing the first Back-to-School Carnival that will give school supplies to local children in need. (July 25, 2014, Page 1A)

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          For Jarretts, helping others is a matter of the heart

          A year after John Jarrett retired and moved to Oxford with his wife, Mary, he was diagnosed with a heart condition.

          “When I was working, I got exhausted, sweated profusely and had a shortness of breath,” he said.

          He was diagnosed with blocked arteries. That led to a triple bypass surgery.

          During recovery Jarrett was told about Mended Hearts, an organization that offers hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Today, there are more than 300 chapters nationwide offering programs, support group meetings and educational forums that help people understand there’s life after a heart disease diagnosis. (July 18, 2014, Page 1)

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            LUES assist. principal to bust a move for the community

            This week’s Everyday Hero Felicia Pollard will be participating in the Dance Like the Stars event sponsoring the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi. (July 11, 2014, Page 1)

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              Spreading the good one smile at a time

              Frances Smith is featured as our Everyday Hero this week. Smith focuses on making those she volunteers for smile. (July 4, 2014, Page 1)

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                Davis does her part as den mother for scouts

                Everyday Hero Bernece Davis has supported the local Boy Scouts Chapter for several years. A recent lodge was named in her family’s honor. (June 27, 2014, Page 1)

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                  Dyanne McCord always finds time to help others

                  This weeks Everyday Hero is Dyanne McCord who volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Girl and Boy Scouts and countless other community opportunities. (June 13, 2014, Page 1A)

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