Christmas Bureau has opened
MONROE – The Union County Christmas Bureau opened Oct. 1 to begin accepting applications from families that request assistance for the Christmas season.
The Christmas Bureau will accept applications from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays until Nov. 20 at Union County Human Services, 2330 Concord Ave.
Donations can be dropped off at the Union County Human Services location through Nov. 15. After that date, donations can be taken to the distribution site (the former Sears location at Monroe Crossing) at 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd., suite 200. Groups or individuals may assist by sponsoring families, gift trees or filling stockings for children. Donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can be made online at www.hopeunioncounty.org.
“It would be a tremendous help to us if anyone wishing to donate gifts could wait until we move into our site at the Monroe Crossing Mall,” Volunteer Services Coordinator Gloria Haney said. “Our space to house donations is limited at the Human Services facility. However, we don’t want this to be a hindrance and prevent people from donating gifts. We will make room for any donations until we move to the mall location.”
The bureau is also seeking volunteers, including Spanish interpreters.
Call Haney at 704-296-4312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Economic development group hires new projects manager
MONROE – Monroe-Union County Economic Development hired Evan Mozingo as its new projects manager/marketing coordinator.
Mozingo is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on finance.
Mozingo interned with Monroe-Union County Economic Development in summer 2017. As an intern, he assisted on a variety of projects, including the annual existing industry wage survey, site and building databases, marketing for the Paris Air Show and website improvements.
”After my internship, I felt a real calling into economic development and am elated to join the Monroe-Union County team,” Evan Mozingo said. “Union County is a great place to live and do business. It will be exciting to help market and sell a community that is so successful and one I truly believe in.”
Monroe fire to assist Maxton
MONROE – Four firefighters from the Monroe Fire Department left for a seven-day deployment to Maxton, with a fire engine to assist emergency personnel in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Maxton, which sits in both Robeson and Scotland counties, experienced severe flooding and damage.
“Once we assessed our needs in Monroe, we determined that we had availability to assist other communities which may have not fared as well as we have,” Monroe Fire Chief Ron Fowler said. “We are all working toward a common goal of keeping people safe and helping others in their time of need. We are happy to be able to help and know that if we needed any assistance, other communities would be there for us.”
FEMA will reimburse the city for the firefighters’ expenses.
“This is something we are blessed to be able to do for our neighboring cities,” Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore said.
Board of elections assists blind voters
MONROE – The Union County Board of Elections Voter Outreach Team was recently invited to have a voter education workshop for The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind of Union County.
Participants acquired information on how to receive voter assistance when going to vote and how to request an absentee ballot.
They also took part in a demonstration by voting with the AutoMark. The AutoMark is a ballot-marking device designed to provide privacy and accessibility to voters who are blind, vision impaired, or have a disability or condition that would make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot. This voting machine allows the voter to mark their ballot with limited assistance.
JAARS holding open house
WAXHAW – At its open house, JAARS will show how it helps support Bible translation and language development in remote places of the world.
Activities include riding in helicopter or plane, recording your voice into the “JESUS” film, tracing the history of writing in the Alphabet Museum and chatting with missionaries who’ve served all over the world.
JAARS Day takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13.
Visit www.jaars.org/jaars-day or call 704-843-6130 for details.
Bethlehem UMC presents bazaar
MONORE – Bethlehem United Methodist Church holds its annual bazaar this month.
Handmade crafts include Christmas decorations, children’s items, plants, frozen casseroles, home-baked cakes, cookies, pies, candy, breads and canned goods.
United Methodist Women sponsors the event. All proceeds go to missions.
The event takes place 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 in the Family Life Center, 5300 Nesbit Road. Ham and sausage biscuits are available at 7:30 a.m.
Call 704 764-3602 for details.
Waxhaw Lions donate to Common Cupboard
WAXHAW – The Waxhaw Lions Club donated enough boxes of food Sept. 8 to Common Cupboard to cover five fellowship tables at Union United Methodist Church.
The food drive was organized by the Waxhaw Lions in response to a call for “Fighting Hunger Together,” a service project promoted by Global Service Team Chair Barbara Thompson of North Carolina’s Lions District 31-O.
About 10 club members and friends set up a tent in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Broome Street at 9 a.m. and invited shoppers to add a few items to their grocery list.
“The generosity of the local community was overwhelming,” said Michael O’Brien, president of the Waxhaw Lions.