"At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished... It's about who you've lifted up, and who you've made better. It's about what you've given back." -Denzel Washington
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. This seemed almost unbelievable a few years ago, until my Mom's childhood friend was diagnosed in 2012 with TNBC, my Mom was diagnosed with TNBC in 2015 and another long-time friend was diagnosed in 2018. All of which I'm happy to say are cancer-free and loving life. Early detection really does save lives, please get your mammogram and do self exams monthly and encourage those you love to do so too. https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/north-carolina.html
Hope Street Food Pantry is dedicated to serving those who struggle with food insecurity in our community. Located in North Charlotte at 4100 Johnston Oehler Road. In 2019, Kimberly Johnson of the Patch reported that, “One in six children in America suffers from real hunger. These kids live in every state and every county in the nation. North Carolina is home to 479,220 hungry children, including 45,370 in Mecklenburg County.” John helps at the food pantry every Thursday, come join us or help support our efforts by visiting their website at https://hopestreetfoodpantry.org/
In 2015 Holly'z Hope began by building doghouses for dogs living outside without proper shelter. In most cases, the dogs were chained to trees with heavy logging chains. It quickly became clear that we needed to do more. We needed to find an alternative solution for owners unable to contain their dogs any other way. The solution was building fences. A year later we began building fences, providing spay, neuter services and basic wellness.
John jumped right in to help build a shelter for a sweet pup named Jake and looks forward to helping with more builds this year. Visit Holly's Hope website to see how you can help. https://www.hollyzhope.com/