The Ghost Riders of Wayne County, Brothers of the Inferno and Thunderswamp Pentecostal Holiness Church came together on Saturday, Nov. 3 to support the Falcon Children’s Home with a $1,000 monetary donation.
The original plan of the Ghost Riders, over 20 years ago, was to do a toy drive for the children at the home every year at a different church in Mount Olive. When that plan fell through, the Ghost Riders searched for a church and they stumbled upon Thunderswamp Pentecostal Holiness. For the last 27 years, the Ghost Riders of Wayne County have put on a toy drive at Thunderswamp.
“It just seemed meant to be. When we got here, we found out that they were a sponsor for the Falcon Children’s Home and so it just seemed like a perfect fit,” said Ghost Riders President Frank Morrow.
When Joey Leggett took over the Falcon Children’s Home, it was barely staying alive. There were 12 to 15 kids in the home then, but now more than 2,000 kids have been helped. The Falcon Children’s Home supports kids in several different ways including not only teaching them educational skills, but life skills as well.
Another children’s home opened in South Carolina a few years ago, according to Leggett, who serves as the home’s CEO.
Two events, coined Harvest Trains, are set to be held later this month to recognize the several businesses, organizations and local community members that help out with the Falcon Children’s Home. The annual event is also held as a homecoming for some former Falcon children, who often return to give back.
“There are so many groups that help out with the children’s home, we have different programs not just for the youth but we also have programs benefiting teenage moms,” Leggett said. “We do get some state funding, but without the help of groups like the Ghost Riders, we could not possibly do all that we need [to do] to help out the kids in our home.”
There are currently 80 children in the children’s home in Falcon and 27 at its children’s home in Turbeville, South Carolina.
“Support continues to expand and we’re just thankful for all the help. It’s about the kids more than anything,” said Leggett.
The Falcon Children’s Home & Family Services Harvest Train celebrations will take place at the J.A. Culbreth Auditorium, 6745 E. St., Falcon, at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 26. The children will be showered with candy at a parade on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 8:30 a.m.