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October 14, 2021

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704-484-1047 Our 38th Year • Issue No. 41 • October 13, 2021 "Your Source For Trusted Print!" N.C. TRACTOR & FARM SUPPLY 299 Railroad Ave., Rutherfordton • 828-288-0395 Mobile: 828-429-5008 • SALES SERVICE PARTS PROUDLY SERVING RUTHERFORD, CLEVELAND, GASTON, LINCOLN, POLK COUNTIES AS THE AREAS HOMETOWN MASSEY FERGUSON DEALER. IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE IF YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE YOU WILL PAY TOO MUCH! YOU WILL PAY TOO MUCH! ASK ABOUT 0% INTEREST Emma Lineberger and Turner Cook, two Casar teens who at- tend Thomas Jefferson Clas- sical Academy, are taking ac- tion to help the homeless this winter. The two have founded a cam- paign, which they are calling "Finding Happy Soles," to col- lect gently-used shoes for men and women who are transi- tioning out of homelessness. Trailhead Emergency Shelter, a homeless shelter slated to open in Shelby later this fall, will be one of their fi rst benefi - ciaries. "We decided to start this pro- gram because we believe that a new pair of shoes, especially for homeless men and women, can go a long way towards re- newing someone's spirit and can, literally, help someone get back on their feet,"said Line- berger. Lineberger and Cook, who have known each other since their preschool days and have both been involved in their re- spective Girl Scout and Boy Scout organizations since fi rst grade, said that civic-minded leadership is something that Scouting instilled in them from an early age. They pledge that their efforts will not stop with just this fall's collection. "Our plan is to collect the shoes, clean them and put in new shoelaces, if needed. We've even contacted Dr. Scholl's to see if they would be willing to contribute insoles to make them extra nice," said Cook. This collection effort, which began earlier this month, runs now until the start of winter. Lineberger said, "We hope to collect as many as 500 pairs of shoes, enough to make a big impact and fulfi ll the basic needs of warmth and comfort for those who are far less fortu- nate. Long-term, we would like to seek grant funding to cre- ate a type of voucher-system for homeless men and women to be able to exchange for a brand-new pair of shoes." The students are getting real- life experience with this cam- paign. They created their own brightly-colored Finding Happy Soles logo using technology on their cell phones, put together a slide-show style proposal, designed fl yers and developed a system for tracking inventory. The two have also visited Ma- sonic lodges and churches to promote their cause and have written funding and donation requests to businesses, both local and national. Donation drop boxes can be found at the middle and high school campuses at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, the Dover Family YMCA, Cen- tral United Methodist Church in Shelby, Girl Scout Troop 2293 at Zion Baptist Church and Boy Scout Troop 100 at Shelby Presbyterian Church. Whether you would like to display a donation box at your organization, or are just clean- ing out your closet, consider reaching out to Finding Hap- py Soles. They will be happy to pick up your donation and can be reached fi ndinghappy- Submitted by Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy High Schoolers from Casar Seeking Shoes for Homeless Lineberger and Cook cleaning shoes. Emma Lineberger and Turner Cook with shoes that were donated for the homeless! J.B. Ellis Locksmith, Inc. L k i Safe Work • Cutting Keys • Rekeying Locks Most Transponder/Chip Keys • Remotes 704-487-6004 • 110 Grigg St., Shelby

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