Church Donates Christmas Gifts To Bertie County School Families

By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman
By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman

One church from the western part of our state will provide some Christmas relief for those ravaged by tornadoes earlier this year in the east.

30 Bertie County families were chosen from Colerain and Aulander Elementary Schools, and Bertie Middle School to receive free clothes, toys, and other gifts this season. Mount Carmel Baptist Church out of Charlotte is making the donations. Many families impacted by April's tornadoes planned to scale back or not celebrate Christmas at all because of financial hardships.

Organizer for the schools and guidance counselor Courtney Byrum says it's great to see people aren't forgotten.

"It's a very positive thing. We were thrilled about it. We've never had a church this big or anyone to adopt this many families," said Byrum

The families that will benefit have already been notified and will be given their gifts Saturday by volunteers from Mount Carmel Baptist Church.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    I didn't know about this. I wonder what families benefited from this because I know that the family who lived in the pictured house did not and they were put way behind with the move and lose and some medical set backs that stemed from the tornado. the children got maybe one or two very small presents for Christmas...they didn't ask anyone for help at Christmas were they supposed to?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Thank God for Christians. Thank you and thank God.
  • by Charlotte Native on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    So proud to be from Charlotte and so proud to live in ENC! Big thank you to Mount Carmel Baptist Church!!!!!!!
  • by CH Location: Greenville on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:15 PM
    What can I donate? I want to donate what I can used or mew! Let me know please!
    • reply
      by Minister Y on Dec 11, 2011 at 11:03 PM in reply to CH
      Contact the Counselor, Ms. Byrum, at Colerain Elem. and she can help you with that. Thanks for your generosity. God is Great!!
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