As I sit in my office writing the article for Island Review on a cold, rainy, and windy day in March my thoughts turn to the hope of April. The beauty of the dogwoods blooming, the azaleas, the jonquils, and the other signs of spring bring delightful thoughts on this cold rainy day. I know we are all looking forward to warmer and sunnier days at the Beach. I can’t wait to feel the warm sand between my toes as I walk the beautiful beach of our town. April brings the hope of a new season and spending time with family and friends at Emerald Isle.
I would like to encourage our citizens to use the month of April to become involved with many of our wonderful nonprofits in our area. Groups such as Habitat for Humanity, the Broad Street Clinic, Salvation Army, The Food Bank, Hem of His Garment, After School Reading Programs, Hope for the Warriors, or your local Church are just a few which could always use an extra hand. The other day I was fortunate enough to have been asked to go to White Oak Elementary School to read to several classes. What a joy it was for me to read Dr. Seuss to the students at White Oak, to see the joy on their faces. Take time this month to give a few hours each week to helping others.
One organization that I have been very active in the past eight years is the Wounded Warriors and the Hope for the Warriors. These organizations do an outstanding job in reaching out to our brave women and men who have been injured in serving our country. I have visited with them and worked closely with both groups. On a personal note I would like to invite our Citizens out to honor our Warriors on Tuesday, April 8 from 12 noon till 8 pm at Ben & Jerry’s. We will be having our annual FREE CONE DAY. You are invited to drop by and have a free cone of ice cream and make a donation to the HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS. We will have Marines scooping out free ice cream and you can make a donation to this worthy cause. I am hoping to raise $2,500 for this worthy cause. Also, present will be leaders from the Hope for the Warriors. Marines and our area Mayors will be serving as “volunteer scoopers” throughout the day. Hope to see you on April 8.
May we all enjoy April and walk barefoot on the beach, spend time with family and friends and reach out to others this month.