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Sherri Hill- Coidan Owner of Beauty Bar. . . The Medispa That Gives Back


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Meet The Team Meet our team Christina Ruotolo is the editor of Her Magazine, Hot Dish writer, and a As this strange and wacky year draws to its close,

Dear Readers,

I look back on everything that has happened and the two words that keep resonating with me are community and support. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life can change on a dime and when it does, we can be confident in knowing our community has our backs from restaurants to small businesses to big industry leaders. When Covid-19 struck and shutdowns began, we pulled up our sleeves, put on our masks, changed our game plans and kept going. What we witnessed was everyone giving back and helping one another in various ways from providing meals to children while they attended school from home, donations of PPE, providing financial assistance to those who were unemployed, delaying electricity bill and rent payments, even adding extra cell phone data for free. When considering the theme for our annual holiday issue of Her, I wanted to showcase those who give back. There are so many people and organizations in Pitt County on this list, it was hard to have to narrow them down. This special giving back issue features cover model, Sherri Hill-Coidan, owner of Beauty Bar Medispa, an organization that has just partnered with NC Stop Human Trafficking and will be donating a portion of sales to that organization. You will meet one restaurant owner who gives back every week to first reponders, amazing men and women taking part in various charitable organizations, and learn how to manage stress. Our her panel will even tell you how they give back too. When you’re done reading this issue, I hope you can feel the love and support this holiday season and give back any way you can. Thank you for all you do for our community and here’s to a wonderful 2021. God Bless and Happy Holidays,

Christina Ruotolo Editor

multi-media specialist at The Daily Reflector newspaper. She is active in the community, is a part-time bookseller at Barnes & Noble and a creative writing instructor. When not going 100 miles per hour, she enjoys cooking, eating out and drinking wine with friends, and is a mom to a new rescue puppy named Reyna.

Jasmine Blount is a graphic designer at The Daily Reflector. She enjoys sonic slushes and spending time with her husband & two sons, Dash and Jett. Contact her at jblount@apgenc.com.

Jasmine Blount Designer

Melissa Glen is a copy editor and designer for The Daily Reflector. She is also a freelance writer and photographer. She graduated from East Carolina University with a double major in communication and political science. When she is not at work, Melissa can be found singing at local open mics or binge watching true-crime documentaries. Melissa Glen Photographer

Chef LaiSha Ponder, MPH, CLC is a Washington, D.C. native who enjoys creating fusion healthy cuisine. Currently, Chef LaiSha is a WIC nutritionist and breastfeeding coordinator at the Pitt County Health Department. She enjoys educating clients about the benefits of healthy eating. Chef LaiSha Ponder Contributor

Carla R. Cannon is an entrepreneur, national best-selling author and North Carolina native whose mission is to get women unlocked, unleashed and activated into purpose from the pulpit to the marketplace. For more information on Carla, to order her books, to attend her events, or to book her for your next event visit her website, www.CarlaCannon.com. Carla R. Cannon Contributor

Daria Beddard Contributor

Daria Beddard is a newlywed and a Florida transplant to eastern North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, animals, and friends and has always wanted seasons and the falls have not disappointed her at all. "As a Partner with Trades of Hope, I am blessed with being able to make an impact on the lives of so many worldwide while making an income from my spare bedroom." For more information, visit her website, www.tradesofhope.com/Dariamitsos.

Contents Cover Story

7 Beauty Bar, The Medispa... that gives back

Inside

9 What Have You Done for Yourself Lately? 10 Her: Scene Around 10 Her Health 12 Meet Her: Liz Liles 14 Empowering Women & Changing Lives 16 Meet Us: Gregg & Kim Green

18 Her Puzzles 20 Her Health & Recipes: New Holiday Flavors 22 Her Shopping: Give a Gift That Keeps Giving All Year Long 24 Local Restaurant Gives Back To First Responders 28 How Do You Give Back During The Holiday?

Meet Her

30 Sherri Hill-Coidan

Contact Her

Christina Ruotolo | Editor | 329-9532 Craig Springer | Advertising | 329-9513 Jasmine Blount | Designer | 329-9606 Email: cruotolo@reflector.com

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BEAUTY BAR, THE MEDISPA

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that gives back BY CHRISTINA RUOTOLO

herri Hill-Coidan, family nurse practitioner

Human trafficking is a crime and involves the use of force,

and new owner of Beauty Bar Medispa, has

fraud or coercion for the purpose of exploiting a person for

some exciting news to share with Greenville.

labor, services or commercial sex. This includes exploiting the

Just a few months ago, the medical spa

prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery

headed up by Hill-Coidan, and Chief Operating Officer

or similar practices and the removal of organs.

Cindy Kosor, LME, as well as an incredibly talented team of

NC Stop Human Trafficking started in 2010 and aims to “educate

professionals, partnered with NC Stop Human Trafficking

community members, professionals and service providers on the

to begin an innovative partnership blending business and

red flags of human trafficking and how to report/respond.” It also

advocacy with the ultimate goal of fighting human trafficking in

advocates on a state and federal level for stronger anti-human

Pitt County.

trafficking legislation.

Understanding that beauty is more than skin deep, Beauty Bar

Beauty Bar Medispa is not stopping at product proceed

Medispa is passionate about helping make a difference in our

donations. It also will have ongoing special promotions, as well

community by donating a portion of all retail products purchased

as taking a profound and impactful step by providing survivors

to support NC Stop Human Trafficking in Pitt County. This give-

tattoo removal treatments for free. Many survivors are tattooed by

back program has inspired their new credo: Beauty Bar … the

their traffickers. When the survivor is able to leave the exploitative

Medispa that Gives Back. The partnership began at the beginning

situation, they are still left with the reminder of the abuse through

of September 2020 and will be an ongoing program.

that tattoo. Beauty Bar Medispa is providing a service that can help

The N.C. Department of Public Safety states that “human

survivors gain control over their identity and lives.

trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world

Sherri and Cindy chose NC Stop Human Trafficking because

with about 20,000 women and children sold each year just in the

they wanted to make a positive difference in the community, to

U.S.” North Carolina has been ranked as one of the top 10 states

bring awareness and help put an end to human trafficking in their

for reports of human trafficking cases, landing at number six.

own backyard. “Every time someone purchases a product from

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Beauty Bar Medispa, they are helping to support NC Stop Human

results.

trafficking in Pitt County. Human trafficking is a multi-billion

The staff of licensed and highly trained, certified professionals

dollar a year industry, and the corruption effects more people

perform Botox treatments, fillers, non-surgical facial contouring,

locally than most people realize.”

tattoo removal, facials, skin lifting, skin tightening, skin

NC Stop Human Trafficking helps by empowering our

rejuvenation, body contouring, micro-needling, fibroblasting

community to abolish human trafficking through educational

and vaginal rejuvenation. The spa also just recently became the

programming, coalition development, legislative advocacy and

only location in Greenville to be awarded luminary status for the

introducing fair trade products into the local market. Of course,

latest cutting-edge technology in laser hair removal, the Motus.

Beauty Bar Medispa is not stopping there: throughout the year they

With the Motus system, patients experience results with fewer

will have fundraising events and special promotions. Kosor and NC

treatments, and it effectively works on ALL skin tones, and it is

Stop Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator Melinda Sampson

absolutely painless.

are working together on innovative ways to bring the business, their organization and community together, Hill-Coidan says. Beauty Bar Medispa is located at 1021 Red Banks Road in Greenville. It is an established and trusted leader for medical

The beauty industry is continuously evolving, affording women and men the ability to look as young as they feel with a natural, refreshed appearance. For Hill-Coidan and the Beauty Bar team, they have adapted to change with enthusiasm and vigor.

aesthetic needs. The only free-standing medical spa in Greenville,

“It’s really exciting to watch the industry evolve as new non-

Beauty Bar Medispa provides non-invasive medical aesthetic

surgical options in aesthetic treatment technologies continue to

treatments while maintaining an impressive patient following.

advance,” she said. “For instance, hyaluronic acid has replaced

Their mission is to provide the safest and highest quality medical

collagen as the main ingredient in injectable fillers. Minimally

aesthetic services by creating individualized and customized

invasive treatments with little to no downtime are appealing to

treatment plans using the most advanced technology to maximize

all ages. We are fortunate to have many resources by way of various

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Beauty Bar Medispa will continue to incorporate the latest technology and aesthetic treatments to keep in line with its mission. In addition, the staff have become more interactive with patients through newsletters, social media and fun contests with prizes. More exciting news is their new complimentary Total Beauty Consults. The highly requested and desired consult, is a service that provides guidance on treatments and assists patients in developing a timeline of beauty that will suit their schedule, their lifestyle and their budget.

industry leaders that provide us with training and certification

“We are all about bringing together our philosophy, our

on the latest non-surgical technologies and treatments. We

patients, and our community to create a bond that is formed

want our patients to not only look and feel their best, we want

by giving back! The bottom line is your beauty, is their benefit,”

to reward them for being a loyal Beauty Bar Medispa client. Our

Hill-Coidan said. Contact Beauty Bar Medispa, at 252-752-1406

patients are automatically enrolled in our Beauty Bank Loyalty

or visit their website at www.beautybarmedispa.com. For more

program that allows them to earn points just by walking in

information on NC Stop Human Trafficking, visit their website

the door, and these points convert to actual monetary value

at www.encstophumantrafficking.org.

in their account!”

Beauty Extra Sherri Hill-Coidan educates women of every age on what beauty treatments to consider.

• 20s: Prevention is important such as antioxidants (Skinceuiticals CE

Ferulic), sunblocks and the use of probiotics for healthy skin (Glowbiotics MD); Baby Botox or lip flip with Botox, and lip filler if desired. 30s: Regular medical grade skincare treatments; a comprehensive at home skincare program; laser hair removal; preventative/corrective Botox, and lip filler if desired 40s: Pigmentation correctors (retinols and hydroquinone), antioxidant prevention, daytime and a great serum for correction at night (wrinkle and texture repair by ZO skinhealth); corrective Botox/ filler; Kybella for the double chin 50s: Lifting and tightening – fighting gravity with filler/Botox as well as laser treatments for skin texture, tightening and/or pigmentation; Kybella 60s: The use of our more advanced laser equipment, fibroblasting and Kybella 70s- This is the decade to keep your skin strong and healthy — utilizing proper supplements such as Jane Iredale Skin Complete, a medical grade skincare program (such as Neocutis Bio Serum Firm), IPL for veins and regular facials, not only for aesthetic reasons but to point out when you might need to see a dermatologist (we are happy to make any necessary referrals at any age when needed)

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What Have You Done for Yourself Lately? BY CARLA R. CANNON

2020 has truly been a year, has it not? But here is the great news: We are still here! Despite all that has taken place, we are wiser, stronger, and hopefully more thankful for what we do have. As a small business owner, I see so many influencers/leaders constantly striving for the next big thing while rarely pausing to celebrate the most recent hurdle they jumped without skinning their knees. Today, I want to encourage you to do the same. Take some time to journal about every good thing that has happened to you this year, and, no matter how small, I want you to write it down. In January I learned a pretty cool exercise from motivational speaker Jay Shetty. He told us to get a jar (I used a mug), and for

every good thing, no matter how small, he instructed us to write it on a piece of paper and place it in the jar (or mug). At the end of the year, pull the jar out and read each piece of paper. Doing this exercise has caused me to be intentional about seeing the good in everything. Guess what else? My mug is just about full! I would love to have you try this. Trust me, it will help you gain a brighter perspective as it pertains to life. Carla R. Cannon is an entrepreneur, national best-selling author and North Carolina native whose mission is to get women unlocked, unleashed and activated into purpose from the pulpit to the marketplace. www.CarlaCannon.com

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Age: 40 City of residence: Greenville Tell us a little bit about this organization? Daughters of Worth is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate, equip, and empower girls of all ages to become strong women of influence in their communities. The organization was launched in 2015, serving only 15 girls and today, serves more than 400 girls through direct mentorship and impacts more than 1,000 girls each year through providing empowerment workshops, hygiene items, and advocating for girls in crisis.

How do you (through the organization) “give back� to the community during the year?

We believe that when a girl knows her worth, it will literally transform her entire life. Her academics, relationships, goals, health, confidence, and everyday life decisions will be impacted by the power of knowing this dynamic truth. Through long-lasting mentorship, advocacy, and assistance with basic emergency needs, Daughters of Worth is committed to empowering her to create the tomorrow of her dreams! We believe that when every girl needs a tribe of women to love, support, and encourage her through her journey. At Daughters of Worth, the girls of our communities are finding their tribe, a safe haven of support. Each and every day, Daughters of Worth invests into the girls of our communities. Whether that is through an empowerment workshop, a one-on-one mentoring session, assisting with basic needs, or providing advocacy for girls who are in need of a voice to help them navigate unexpected crises, Daughters of Worth is committed to serving these precious girls.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

To be completely honest, this work has absolutely changed my life. These girls have changed me. There have been moments where we have experienced a girl choosing to not take her own life, when she was at the very brink of ending it all. We have experienced girls deciding not to drop out of school and then graduate from high school. We have witnessed girls entering college and finding hope for their futures. The joy and excitement that these girls experience when they realize that they can overcome their hardships and accomplish their dreams is beyond incredible! There are so many daily miracles that we experience in these beautiful girls that choosing one rewarding part is simply not possible. Because of Daughters of Worth, we have women - of all ages, all ethnicities, all cultural backgrounds, all socioeconomic statuses rising up to make a difference in the lives of these girls. It is a powerful force to know that these women are changing lives for a lifetime, and for so many of our girls, they are discovering that they are truly beautiful, loved, valuable, worthy, and enough. For a girl to know this about herself, it can wholeheartedly shift the entire trajectory of her life. We are just thankful to be a small part in her amazing journey!

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n 2010, two fierce mother-daughter combos combined their business knowledge, fashions sense, and compassion to form a company that would literally change lives all over the world. To this day, they’re doing just that, and more, as Trades of Hope grows leaps and bounds. Gretchen Huijskens took her experience from working in Haitian orphanages and partnered it with Holly Wehde's business experience after a medical scare. Their daughters, Elisabeth Huijskens and Chelsie Antos, jumped on board with contagious enthusiasm. The four of them set out to take the world by storm leaning on their faith in God to show them the way. They knew that improving the lives of women, and keeping mamas with their babies, through dignified business and job creation, would

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drastically change the communities where these women lived and raised their children. Trades of Hope started with just a few groups from a few countries. The fearless leaders knew that growth would come as the business grew and more partners joined, and that it did. Since then, they have partnered with more than 10,000 artisans in the United States and 18 other countries including Uganda, India and the Dominican Republic. These artisans are all working under Fair Trade principles.

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commercial relations Fair trade practices with concern for social, economic, and environmental health of those producers. Fair and livable wages and keeping equal pay for all genders. No child or forced labor which adheres to the national and local laws. Non-discrimination and women’s economic empowerment Safe and healthy working environment Capacity building for marginalized workers Promotion of fair trade to advocate for the objectives and activities Increased sustainability and reducing the impact on the environment.

What does all this look like in a real working setup? Let’s use Haiti for an example. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. With a population of 11.4 million people, greater than 50% of those residents are living in poverty with almost 25% in extreme poverty (Bank, Overview 2020). Parents will drop their children off at orphanages in efforts to get them the food, clothing, and protection they need as many cannot provide those necessities. They will also stop by to see their children because the absolute last thing they wanted to do was surrender them in this way. They want to be a family and watch their children grow in a healthy and happy home. Sound familiar? Haitian residents average about $2.41 a day in working wages (Web, IFRC Country Acceleration Plan 2019 - Haiti - Haiti 2019). Through fair trade work, they can make 3-6 times that amount providing a drastic increase in their income. These artisans are employed by established companies who comply with fair trade principles and are diverse in their skills. One of these groups uses materials such as cereal boxes and steel oil drums to create breathtaking products in efforts to reduce the pollution and increase sustainability. They also have gardens on their roof and a fun outdoor working area that was recently renovated to provide even more safety and comfort. While the artisans in the various countries struggle with poverty, there are some other circumstances, such as human trafficking, that come in to play that contribute to the cycle. Many countries are plagued with trafficking of all sorts, the Dominican Republic is especially bad. While the efforts to fight it are increasing, there is still much work to be done. The artisan group in the Dominican Republic has been a haven for many women and children who have been victimized by trafficking. They have a safe home outside of the workshop, the only such house in the country that will accept women and children. Yocasta, one of the first artisans in the group, was brought to safety with her children who were all conceived through trafficking. She has gone through therapy and rehabilitation and is now a ray of light among the artisan group. The specific niche of this country is working with the Larimar Stone. This stone is exclusive to the Dominican Republic and is formed by the movement of minerals through the volcanic tubes. There are many similar stories throughout the countries about how women have now been empowered to be educated, safe, and

skilled artisans. Some even go on to business owners themselves! In addition to creating and supporting business relationships, Trades of Hope donates back 10% of their profits to Gifts of Hope. This program provides medical care, food, and more to families and artisan groups all over the world. There are so many more women out there who need this opportunity. The more Fair Trade products that are purchased, the more women that are empowered, the more families stay together and change the world. Daria Beddard is a newlywed and a Florida transplant to eastern North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, animals and friends. She's always wanted seasons and the fall weather has not disappointed her at all. “As a Partner with Trades of Hope, I am blessed with being able to make an impact on the lives of so many worldwide while making an income from my spare bedroom." For more information, visit her website, www. tradesofhope.com/Dariamitsos. Bank, W. (2020, May 01). Overview. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/haiti/overview State, D. O. (2020, August 19). Dominican Republic - United States Department of State. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://www.state.gov/reports/2020-traff icking-in-personsreport/dominican-republic/ Web, R. (2019, February 28). IFRC Country Acceleration Plan 2019 - Haiti - Haiti. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https:// reliefweb.int/report/haiti/ifrc-country-acceleration-plan-2019haiti

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Age: 46 City of Residence: Winterville, NC Current job title: Bakery Owner of Great Harvest Bread Company and a real estate Agent at Aldridge and Southerland

Name of organization and brief history: The Great Harvest Bread

Company opened in April of 2015 on the corner of Evans and Plaza Drive in Greenville. We are a made from scratch bakery and café that still makes everything the way Grandma once did. We mill our own flour on a stone grist mill in the back of the bakery and everything is made from scratch every day.

How do you give back to the community? Each year, we support

dozens of non-profit and public organizations in one way or another. Each month we pick a small local non-profit, highlight them in our store, on the radio, and through our social marketing. We create a custom dessert just for them, carry it all month long, and donate a portion of the proceeds from every dessert sold. We bring in a local radio show and provide our monthly non-profit with an opportunity to be interviewed on air. Any tips placed in the tip jar at the counter are also donated to that non-profit at the end of the month. Several times a year, we choose a community area of need and place a special focus on making a difference in that area. This year, we conducted a food drive for starving shut-in seniors during the initial Covid-19 shutdown. During that drive we managed to raise $40,000 and provided a week’s worth of groceries for 150 seniors for eight weeks during Covid Phase One shut downs. We have also tackled foster care and domestic violence prevention this year. In the upcoming months we will partner again with DSS to provide Christmas for local children in our foster care system and then early in the new year will turn our focus towards veteran, military, and first responder suicide which was already at epidemic levels and is up another 20% this year. We also donate our day-old product to a local food bank.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? So much of what

I get to do is rewarding. First, I love the fact that we have become a bridge and gathering place within the community. I believe so many individuals genuinely want to make a difference. What we do is provide them with a means to do so. We find meaningful things going on locally and then invite people within the community to partner and participate with us in whatever means they feel led. Second, I get to walk beside our public servants. Their jobs are hard! To be able to link arms with them, encourage them, ease their burdens a small amount, and show them how much the community believes in what they are doing is priceless. Third, knowing that we are truly making a difference in the lives of people – one person at a time is incredibly significant.

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Age: 41 City of Residence: Winterville, NC Current job title: Bakery owner of Great Harvest Bread Company Name of organization and brief history: The Great Harvest Bread Company is a made-from scratch bakery & cafe specializing in handmade breads, sweets, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, and catering.

How do you give back to the community? As my husband mentioned, we choose a local non-profit to support. The organization has the opportunity to display their brochures and informational signs at our counter as well as advertising slides on our TV.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I think the most rewarding part of this job is the community

connections we are able to make, not just in creating awareness of the non-profits, but also in connecting with our customers. We consider then our guests and truly want them to feel welcome, appreciated and taken care of as best as we are able.

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Farmers that keep bees are able to harvest honey during the non-growing season to earn extra income, producing 60 pounds or more of honey each year. A Heifer honeybee gift donation includes a bee package, hive, box and training in beekeeping techniques. When you buy bees for a family in need, your gift increases the global honeybee population to support the environment, boosts income through sales of honey, wax and pollen, and stimulates growth of the family’s crops through pollination.

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Want to donate money or get involved and volunteer your time at local organizations in Pitt County? Below is a list of some that have multiple opportunities to get involved. Visit their websites to find out more. JOY Soup Kitchen www.joyssoupkitchen.org Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Carolina www.rmhenc.org Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County www.pittliteracy.org Saving Graces for Felines www.savinggraces4felines.org Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina www.foodbankcenc.org

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Local Restaurant Gives Back To First Responders

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BY CHRISTINA RUOTOLO

ordanys Bastardo is no stranger to giving back to the community. He is owner of Villa Verde restaurants, 2601 E. 10th St. and 2247 W. Arlington Blvd. Bastardo gives back in a variety of ways, and many tend to stay under the radar. If you know him, you know he has opened his heart and kitchen by feeding the homeless, provided meals after floods and hurricanes, and made sure migrant workers in the fields during sweet potato harvest were fed daily. He has even, along with his wife, Eri offered up prayers, encouragement and handed out thousands of Bibles and meals throughout the years.

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For Bastardo, his mission is simple: stay true to who you are with Jesus at the core, always have your finger on the heart of the community and give back when you can. During the COVID shutdowns, he partnered with other restaurants in the community and started a “We Believe in Greenville” campaign. Restaurants taking part included Luna Pizza, Villa Verde, Basil’s, Dap House, Christie’s Euro Pub, Uptown Nutrition, Angus Grill, Molly’s Cafe, Nino’s, Marabella and Sup Dogs. The goal was to send a message to the community that they were there to support and feed them. It was a small-business effort and they connected with the community through social media videos,

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sold over 3,000 T-shirts, and lifted each other up. Small businesses are the heart and soul of our community and this campaign was a success and showed when people come together for a cause, they can prevail through any adversity. Recently, Bastardo, his friend, Scotty Dixon, and community members came together to introduce a new charitable effort benefiting first responders. "Sometimes our only interaction with first responders is when we are in crisis or a tragedy strikes and they are in go-mode helping restore peace and balance in the community. We tend to only see them as “badges” not “people,” Bastardo said. Villa Verde on 10th Street decided to open up Saturday's from 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. allowing on-duty fire, rescue, EMS, police officers or sheriff’s to come in, grab a bite to eat, re-group, and take a break ensuring that their food is on the house. This will allow them to sit down, complete their paperwork in a safe environment, ensuring they can continue to provide safety and assistance to the community as needed, Bastardo said. First responders go above and beyond every day putting themselves in danger, saving lives and many times do not get the recognition they truly deserve, Bastardo said. Opening his doors provides a safe haven and allows them to interact with volunteers and staff on a non-emergency level. “If they can sacrifice every day in the field to keep us safe, we can sacrifice one night for

them,” Bastardo said. He wants the community to see them as people, not uniforms or workers. They are more than responders, they are our neighbors, our friends and part of the heartbeat of the community. This will be on an ongoing effort, and Bastardo hopes that other restaurants in the community will do the same. His goal is to see at least seven restaurants a day out of the 404 licensed restaurants in Greenville taking part. The community response so far has been phenomenal and positive. Villa Verde is seeking volunteers who wish to assist in this effort and give their time by giving back to first responders. “Our 911 operators feeling like they matter by something as simple as a hot meal that they were sent, not microwave hot, but a hot meal. I personally spent a night recently getting to know a couple dozen officers who protect me for a living as I served them. We watched their cars while they were inside, and just let them know we stood beside them. I want to thank then for letting me do this for them. When we break bread together, it does something. We lower our guard. We get to the heart of who we are as people when we share a meal together. I want to continue to be a Platform For Good for the community any way I can.” Bastardo said. If you would like more information on this project or you would like to volunteer, call Villa Verde at 252-689-6005.

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“During the holidays, my family always sponsors a child for Christmas. We look for those who have had a hardship and we bless them with gifts of their choice. What I love most about this time of year is to see the look on a child’s face when they get to open their gifts.” - Susan May, 44 Tarboro “I give back in service. Last year, we served during Thanksgiving at the Greenville Community Shelter with my church, Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. Also, our local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Iota Kappa Omega Chapter) adopts children on the Angel Tree.”. - LaVette Lang Ford, 50 Greenville “Pitt County Social Services has two holiday programs I support. One is the Adult Services Holiday Cheer program, where you can donate items, money or adopt an adult (that we are guardians of) to buy presents for. The majority of these adults live in adult homes, group homes or nursing homes and range in age from 18 and up. A good portion of these adults don’t have family to receive presents from and most of the time their wish list are items we take for granted such as socks, soap, toothbrushes, etc.. The other program is the Foster Care Holiday Cheer which is along the same lines except this is for the children in our Foster Care program, who wouldn’t receive Christmas presents otherwise.”. - Connie Corey, 65 Greenville “Christmas and Thanksgiving are really my favorite times of the year. I have been doing a donation in honor of friends to the Salvation Army for years at Thanksgiving. Christmas is a little more like an elf. There are several families that Santa's Elf drops off to. We have a facility that we provide Santa and gifts for the children each year. Seeing their faces makes working all worth while. We help with the purchase, wrapping and delivery to over 100 children each year. And folks wonder why my grands, nieces and nephews are so spoiled! Children are my weak spot!” - Natashu Turnage, 44, Winterville “My goal is to find a family/individual/group to assist with money, food, clothing and/or just to give some encouragement in particularly during the holidays. Everyone is not necessarily in need of money. Often times, folks simply need an encouraging word/ message, particularly during the holidays.” - Vickie Joyner, 58 Greenville Her — November 2020

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SHERRI HILL-COIDAN

44, Washington, NC

Who is your style Icon? I still remember being five years old, growing up in Canada, watching Princess Diana walk down the aisle in that puffy dress and long train! She and Prince Charles visited my hometown 5 years later which was exciting to wave to a real princess! Her fashion and style were legendary and I often wonder what and/or who, she would be wearing these days! If you could have dinner with any famous person dead or alive, who would it be and why?- Eleanor Roosevelt! As an avid book reader with a warm place for teachers in my heart, I find it remarkable that this First Lady developed a traveling library to deliver books via horseback to rural communities. I admire her mission to share the joy of reading with those who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to do so. I would love to hear her book recommendations as well as discuss her passion in fighting against segregation, fighting for women’s rights and her leadership in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Current job title and duties? Owner of Beauty Bar Medispa & a Nationally Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC. I provide a vast array of medical aesthetic services.

Signature scent- Pleasures by Estee Lauder Favorite beauty service and why? Botox to maintain a youthful appearance free of fine lines & wrinkles and Chemical Peels to manage my skin tone and texture!

Are you a member of any organization or volunteer for events during the year? Greenville Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, NC Stop Human Trafficking Tell me a little bit about your family (husband, children)- I have been married to my loving husband, Marc, for 17 years and we are the proud parents of our two wonderful boys, Nick (6) and Nate (9), as well as our 105lb black lab, Bolo! What is your anthem (song that represents you)? I love the song “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas – I believe the song’s message is one that can speak to all generations. 30

Favorite beauty product and why- I love Beauty Bar Medispa’s very own Transformation Serum because it hydrates the skin in addition to having several other peptides to further help tighten and tone my skin. Plus, it helps with my rosacea and does not irritate my sensitive skin. Favorite Motivational quote- “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”-Gandhi

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