Generous shoppers = Merrier Christmas for seniors

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From left, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath; Senior Center Nutrition Director Beth Hardison; Senior Center Director Violet Ollison; and representing the Grantsboro Walmart: Store Manager Nancy Bass; Personnel Coordinator Kathy Bryant; and Office Associate Dianna Wetherell.

From left, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath; Senior Center Nutrition Director Beth Hardison; Senior Center Director Violet Ollison; and representing the Grantsboro Walmart: Store Manager Nancy Bass; Personnel Coordinator Kathy Bryant; and Office Associate Dianna Wetherell.

ALLIANCE – The power of networking played out in spades Monday morning when Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath pulled his pickup truck into the parking lot of the Senior Services Center, loaded to the max with a variety of food items – freshly pulled from the shelves of the Grantsboro Walmart.

Less than a week earlier, Heath met Store Manager Nancy Bass at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party.
Bass, who arrived at her new post in late November, fielded a flurry of questions from Heath – an eager beaver who is always intent to uncover relationships that benefit all involved.

Bass told Heath that checkout cashiers at the Grantsboro Walmart were gently suggesting to every shopper that a $5 ‘Feed the Needy’ donation would immediately fund a cardboard box of nutritious foodstuffs – and that the items would be earmarked for Pamlico County low-income recipients during the holiday season.


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“The minute a shopper makes a $5 donation at the Grantsboro Walmart, one or more of our employees grab an empty cardboard box and pull items from an approved list,” explained Bass. “Then, those boxes are held for one of several nonprofits that assist those in need.”

So, as you might expect, Heath showed up Monday morning bright and early at the Grantsboro Walmart with an empty pickup – but only after he went in the store and spent a cool $50 – good for another ten boxes of food items.

A short time later at the Senior Services Center, Director Violet Ollison and Nutrition Director Beth Hardison greeted Heath with open arms and big smiles!

“This is something we can really use, especially this time of year,” said Ollison.

As for Heath, he has got more tricks up his sleeve.

“I’m thinking about challenging the other six county commissioners to do something similar,” he chuckled. “This really is a great concept, and I am happy to be a part of it.”

ATTENTION SHOPPERS: If you find yourself in the Grantsboro Walmart, spring for a ‘fiver’ when the checkout person mentions the ‘Feed the Needy’ effort. But hurry! The popular promotion ends Dec. 20.

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