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Sole Blessing: Growing local ministry began with broken shoes
Published:
8/7/2014 3:25:28 PM


CONTRIBUTION - A check for $2,290 was made to the All The King’s Children Foundation by the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Olive. Left to right are: Foundation board members Ernie Taylor, Wayne Whiting, church pastor Steven Wicks, Foundation founder Marcia Whitley, and board members Beth Rose and Na Tale Nelson. (Contributed photo)
 
By William Holloman
Staff Writer
It is a relatively new group with a common goal- providing children with basic needs.
“Our mission is to provide the necessities of life so children in our community may flourish, despite challenges, hardship, and diversity,” said founder Marci Whitley.
All The King’s Children Foundation is the new group, and it is a non-profit charitable organization.
Its goal is to partner with citizens, churches, volunteer organizations, businesses and other non profits seeking to improve the lives of children in the community.
“We want to support the work that is already being done, and fill the gaps wherever necessary,” said Ms. Whitley.
Just recently, the group got a $2,290 contribution from the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Olive.
Ms. Whitley, a second grade teacher at Carver Elementary, said in order for children to learn at school they must have their basic needs- clean water, food, clothing, shelter, and basic health care.
She said applications for assistance to see that the needs are provided are submitted by social workers, school nurses, administrators, churches, and organizations.
Each application is reviewed by a member of the Foundation’s board of directors.
She also noted that applications may not be submitted by parents or guardians, and any financial resources deemed necessary will be paid directly to the entity providing the goods or services.
Ms. Whitley said being in the classroom provided an opportunity to “see the needs of the children in the community.”
She went on to say after seeing needs of the children in the classroom she started a program with her Bible study class called “Bless Your Sole.”
It stemmed from seeing children with broken or ill-fitting shoes.
The group collected $600 to purchase shoes for children at Carver Elementary.
It led to organization of All The King’s Children Foundation last February.
Ms. Whitley serves as board chair.
Other members are H. Wayne Whiting, Lori D. Goodman, Holly Daly, Na Tale Nelson, Cary Kornegay, Nancy Reyes, Beth Rose, and Ernie Taylor.
The group meets on an as-needed basis.
In addition to the big contribution from the First Presbyterian Church, others have also stepped up to the plate.
Smith Chapel United Methodist Church collected and donated items and funds to put together personal care packets for 92 students.
The First United Methodist Church of Mount Olive has offered to help by funding the projected $3,000 in dental care needs for a year.
Especially for You owner Margaret Ann Parvin has chosen the Foundation as recipient of her first After Thanksgiving Food Drive and will be collecting child friendly foods on Black Friday and Saturday this year.
Shoppers will receive a discount when they donate non-perishable food items.
The Waylin Foundation has made a $500 contribution.
In addition, Ribeyes owner Alan Hawkins has partnered with the group, and will host a fundraising event, Masquerade Night and Silent Auction, on October 24.
There are also ways for others to make contributions, said Ms. Whitley.
Personal care items needed by August 12 include individual or travel-sized shampoo, combs, deodorant, lotion, and washcloths. Colgate is donating 200 toothbrushes and toothpaste to complete the personal packages.
They will be given out by the Men of FIC at a big back to school celebration at Nelson Street Park on August 16.
Others may sponsor a backpack for $10 and checks should be made payable to Men of FIC.
Still, persons may purchase tickets to the Masquerade Night and Silent Auction at Ribeyes in October.
Ms. Whitley said there is always a need for healthcare partners- a local dentist, eye care professional or other medical providers.
It’s all about children in need,” said Ms. Whitley.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Ms. Whitley at (919) 222-1138 or email info@allthekingschildren.org.

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