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The Many Hearts One Beat Committee plans another event to build unity with Bladen County citizens while collecting donations for those in need this holiday season. On Sunday, December 13, 2020, the committee will hold a Unity Carolers Concert at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from 4 pm until 7 pm.

There will be carolers singing at the market from different churches across Bladen County. During the concert, gift cards and monetary donations will be collected so that the committee may purchase items for those in need this holiday season. 

Vickie Smith, Bladen County Department of Social Services Director and committee member, said, “There are 163 kids in need this year, but the department usually tops 200 in need before the end of the year.”

Another committee member, Marjorie Walker with Families First, said she also has a list of children her organization helps during the holidays.  

Committee member Pastor Cameron McGill explained the COVID-19 Pandemic changes things, and the committee needed to think outside the box. The group agreed. Instead of a toy drive for the children, the committee will collect gift cards and monetary donations during the event. Ms. Smith and Ms. Walker will then distribute the contributions as needed. 

Ms. Smith added some of the disabled seniors in the county also need assistance this time of year. There are 40 adults the department will be collecting items for during December. 

The public is encouraged to attend the Unity Event on December 13, 2020, from 4 pm until 7 pm. Please bring gift cards and/or be prepared to assist those in need this Christmas season with a monetary donation. COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed during the event. 

The event is sponsored by the Many Hearts One Beat Committee. Members of the Many Hearts One Beat Committee are as follows: the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Social Services, Families First, Bladen Community College, NC Works, County of Bladen Manager, Greg Martin, Chairman of County Board of Commissioners, Ray Britt, Elizabeth Blanks, with the 4-H Life Skills program, Town of Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, Elizabethtown Police Department, Pastor Fletcher Collins, Pastor Cameron McGill, Pastor Dr. Delora LeSane, Pastor Dr. Rudy Ramphal.  

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