eLink – November 15, 2016

IN THE LEAGUE

Brandi Davis Rocks!

For Brandi, a JLR second-year active, and her husband Brad, bad news kept pouring in after the hurricane’s winds subsided. Parents, evacuating to Raleigh, surround by washed out roads. Trees down on homes and cars. A cousin rescued from her flooded home by a fishing boat. Everyone without power. And then the levees around Lumberton broke.

“My heart broke into a thousand pieces,” Brandi said. “The national news outlets began to spotlight Robeson County and the images brought me to tears. The place my family had called home for generations was now a disaster area.”

As Brandi and Brad prepared to send their parents back home to check on their property, they started collecting much-needed supplies that would be hard to find in Robeson County. Then they thought to gather supplies for their parents’ neighbors and for their extended family. And then their support snowballed.

Using social media, Brandi and Brad put out a call to help gather supplies: blankets, pillows, personal hygiene items, bottled water, batteries, non-perishable food, diapers formula. Support poured in from friends, friends of friends, church members, JLR members, local businesses and strangers. Before they knew it, their garage was packed with supplies.

“It was a blessing to witness,” Brandi said. “The outpouring of love was overwhelming.”

In total, Brandi and Brad — along with other volunteers — delivered five U-Haul trucks and a tractor-trailer filled with supplies to friends, family and shelters in Robeson County.

“The mayor of my parents hometown in Fairmont (Robeson County) found out what we were doing and specifically asked if we could delivers supplies to their town,” Brandi said. “When we arrived at an abandoned tobacco warehouse, we saw them put up a sign ‘No more supplies – check back tomorrow.’ We had two U-Hauls of items for them, and we all cried together.”

Brandi was honored with JLR’s October You Rock! award at the November GMM.

“Brandi is a true example of why we are all here in the JLR,” said an anonymous member. “Way to go, Brandi, for being for the power of good!”

Do You Have Items the Bargain Box Needs?

A huge thank you to the response League members have provided over the past year to the needs of the Bargain Box.  Many of you helped tackle the mountain of clothes, sort and organize the closet, as well as provide extra donations.  With your fabulous donations, sales continue to increase, exceeding the past year’s sales.  Without your hard work and donations, the Bargain Box would not be experiencing this current success.

We are reaching out again for your help. With fall here and winter approaching, the Bargain Box is in need of certain items.

  • Women: skirts (all sizes but especially size Large and up), pants (size Large and up), dresses, suits
  • Men: shirts, outerwear: coats and jackets (all sizes but especially size Large and up)
  • Children: dresses, pants (ages 5 and up)Please take a few moments and see if there are a few items from the above list that you can part with. We want to keep the store filled with quality items of all sizes and categories to keep the momentum going. Please note, the store is fully stocked with books, videos and CDs right now if you would like to pass those items on to other area donation centers.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Making an Impact After Hurricane Matthew: Gift Card Donations

Thousands of people across our state have felt a tremendous impact from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Many of us are from these towns or have loved ones and friends in these areas that were hit the hardest. We have heard firsthand the challenges these people are facing and will continue to endure in the months ahead.

We, as a League, have a great opportunity to pull together and support these areas through various relief efforts. What an opportunity we have to impact our state by supporting those who need it the most!

How can you help now?

Gift Cards Donations – We are collecting gift cards to Target and Walmart in five dollar increments to distribute to impacted areas. Drop off gift cards with a staff member at the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership. Gift cards will be sent to the Junior Women’s Association of Greenville, NC and Junior League of Fayetteville every Friday starting October 21. These groups will distribute them to hurricane victims in their areas.

We will also be rolling out several other ways that we can participate in relief efforts. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

The Junior League of Raleigh is so Fly!

This month, Flywheel Sports invites JLR Members to enjoy three complimentary Flywheel classes in a week! The promotion will be during the month of November, and members can choose which week they would like to take their free classes. Please reserve your bikes by creating an account at Flywheelsports.com and emailing your username and preferred week to Lori Klein at lklein@flywheelsports.com.

  • Date: Month of November (member picks 1 week during the month)
  • Time: Wednesday at 7 a.m., Friday at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3:45 p.m.
  • Location: Flywheel Sports, 402 Oberlin Road, Raleigh

Visit Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop | December 1

Join Triangle Family Services for the 14th Annual Gingerbread Benefit on Thursday, December 2 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham. Children will be greeted by Santa’s helpers and receive a picture with Santa. As Santa shares holiday stories, children decorate their own gingerbread house inspired by one-of-a-kind handcrafted gingerbread houses on display from the Triangle’s top pastry chefs. This event also features treats and drinks designed for children and adults.

Tickets are $55 per guest or $195 for a family of four and can be purchased at tfsnc.org. Discounts available for school and church groups. Contact Erin Gill at egill@tfsnc.org or 919-821-0790 x381 for more information.

Popular Holiday Shoppe at Cary Academy | December 1 – 3

More than 100 vendors will put their wares up for sale at Cary Academy’s annual Holiday Shoppe 2016, to be held December 1-3.  This free event is open to the public and will be held in the SEA (Sports and Education Annex) on the Cary Academy campus located in Cary at 1500 N. Harrison Ave.  There is no tax charged on Holiday Shoppe purchases.

Those attending will have a multitude of gifts to choose from, including jewelry, home accessories, hostess items, children’s items, holiday ornaments, apparel, food and a wide variety of handmade crafts.  During the run of the Holiday Shoppe, daily door prizes will be given away.

Holiday Shoppe hours are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and 6:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Proceeds from Holiday Shoppe go to community outreach and need-based scholarships. For more information about the Holiday Shoppe 2016, call 919-228-4653 or visit www.caholidayshoppe.com.

SUSTAINERS: THINGS TO REMEMBER

Sustainer Calendar

From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Sustainer Calendar here.

Community Service Opportunities

From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Community Service Opportunities here.