Cherryville Eagle 12-2-20

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Volume 114 • Issue 49

Wednesday, December 2, 2020


Former CHS grad making difference in lives of foster children

800-plus fed at 12th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal

Amanda Garren, CEO of her own non-profit, believes she is right where God wants her

Masks, gloves, safety, social distancing the norm for first-ever drive-through meal event





It’s 2011, you’re a high school senior, and like many in your graduating class you’re probably excited (and possibly a little apprehensive) about life after high school. Not to worry though, for Cherryville native Amanda Garren, who believes her career pathway was already set out for her by God. That career was to be in Social Work, later manifesting itself in starting her own non-profit and helping foster children. Said Amanda, “I graduated in 2011 from Cherryville High School, then attended Marshall University, where I studied Social Work. I graduated in 2015, then went back to Marshall in 2016 for my graduate degree, graduating with my Masters in Social Work in 2017.” Garren said, via an email to the Eagle, “I have only ever worked in the non-profit

Amanda Garren, President/ Executive Director of Nashville Angels. She is the daughter of Dell and Danielle Garren, of Cherryville. (photo provided) sector when it comes to my social work career. When it comes to changing the foster care system, I worked at a children’s shelter while I was in graduate school. What that means is, I worked in a home where children who were in state’s custody lived under one roof. At any given time, I had 10-15 children in the home who ranged from 10-18 years of age, and they came from all over the state of West Virginia. “These children have been See CHS GRAD, Page 2

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, last week’s, Saturday, Nov. 21, 12th Annual Cherryville Thanksgiving Community Meal was done differently than what has been done in the past. It was, to say the least, a “first” for Cherryville. Event organizers said in last week’s Eagle article the meal would be a drivethrough event and basically be a new method of operation this year as a “To-Go Only” event, adding also it was on a “while supplies last/first come first serve” basis. One of the organizers, Tammy Campbell, said they started handing out plates that were bagged up at 11 a.m. Said Mrs. Campbell, “We fed 838 people and we started running out of certain items by the end (around 2 p.m.).” She continued, “We did

The 12th Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal volunteers hard at work on Saturday, Nov. 21, preparing the meals that were taken to the waiting folks in the drive-through line outside the Cherryville Post 100 American Legion Building. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) have a little turkey, green beans and corn left but that was it. We sent that over to the Cherryville Fire Department to feed the firemen.” Campbell, who was over the volunteers, continued, “Since it was all takeout, I’m not sure how many were shut-ins, but I do know all the Meals on Wheels people in our area did get a meal and that was 36 plates.” Tammy noted that each

church sent someone over to pick up their shut-in’s meals, adding, “Some neighbors came by to get meals for the ones they knew could not get out. “Since we had to limit our volunteers this year, we did it with only 25 volunteers this year at the event, and First Baptist Church of Cherryville had a crew of seven that made the dressing at their facility. “Everyone was great to

help get this all out at this crazy time.” The event was once again held at the Post 100 American Legion building, located at 215 N. Pink St., Cherryville, and was sponsored by Food Lion. Campbell noted the Legion Building’s parking lot was set and divided off by orange traffic cones directing the incoming vehicles who See MEAL, Page 6

2020 CHS grad, football player, now a USMC boot camp grad by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

W. Blaine Beam Intermediate Principal Todd Dellinger with October 2020 Students of the Month Curtis Kester and Dylan Hughes. Both students were part of 12 who received gift bags to recognize their hard work this scholastic year, in spite of pandemic issues. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

WBBI asking for sponsors for Student of the Month program by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

W. Blaine Beam Intermediate Principal Todd Dellinger is a man on a mission. Simply put, he has some students who bear recognizing for their hard work and he is looking for sponsors for WBBI’s Student of the Month program. He has sent out requests to the Cherryville Chamber

of Commerce and to various local businesses asking for said sponsors to come to their rescue, if you will. Said Mr. Dellinger recently, “A student in each class in each cohort is recognized with a treat bag including a $5 McDonalds gift card for a total currently of 12 students, or $60 in total gift bags, each month. “We would like a sponsor each month from now through June. We will recognize the sponsor on our school sign and in our messaging to parents.” Due to the COVID-19 situation and its negative impact of the school systems and the local economy, Dellinger, like many of his peers, are

unable to do much in the way of fundraising at this time, adding that being able to get sponsors now would really help them put some smiles on their student’s faces. In a brief interview, Mr. Dellinger elaborated, “In the past, as I’ve noted, we have been able to really count on fundraisers for those extra dollars, but we can’t do that today. That’s why I initially reached out to the Chamber of Commerce.” Dellinger noted he and his staff encourage the WBBI students to be present on their in-person days and to be present also on their remote, or virtual learning day, so they can be consistent and See WBBI, Page 2

Ever since he was a sixyear-old, Jerran Croft, formerly of Cherryville, and the son of Robin and Jesse Croft, knew he was going to be a Marine. At least that’s what he told them, and he never wavered, according to them, from that path. The Croft’s; dad’s a laser operator at LeeBoy in Lincolnton, and mom works for Southwood Realty and is the property manager of Park Terrace Apartments in Bessemer City, said Jerran, a 2020 graduate of Cherryville High School, recently had another graduation ceremony, one for the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island on Nov. 13, 2020. Mrs. Croft said, “Jerran told me when he was six years old, 'Mom, I am going to be a Marine.’ He was born right after 9/11 and the country was extremely patriotic there for awhile, so I think maybe that’s what led him to want to be a Marine. “I thought it would pass, but he never wavered. When he was 17 he asked us to sign for him. The Marine Corps has always been his only choice. He said he

Former CHS 2020 grad, Jerran Croft, looking sharp and serious in his “Dress Blues” formal photo. wanted to 'be a part of the baddest and toughest’, and to him that was the Marines.” After his graduation from boot camp, Robin said he was continuing his com-

bat training somewhere in North Carolina, but noted she can’t say where that is due to national security concerns. Though she said neither she nor his dad were in the military, Jerran was adamant in his choice of which branch of the service he wished to serve with. She added, “Jerran has enlisted for four years active and two years inactive service and has said that he wants to make a career out of it.” Mrs. Croft said Jerran’s “MOS”, or school of training, is Construction Engineer. She said, “He said he intends to go to trade school while he is there and learn a trade that goes along with his job. He intends to get See USMC, Page 9

New Marine Jerran Croft (second from left, front row) at his United States Marine Corps graduation ceremony held at Parris Island on Nov. 13, 2020. (photos provided)

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