Giving back to the community.
That's what members of the Avery Temple Lodge #38 of Dearing did last Saturday for underprivileged children heading back to school in McDuffie County.
Several students were given notebook paper, pencils and other items that will be useful to them during the school year, according to Winston Grier, who thought of the idea.
"A lot of families are limited by their income in McDuffie County," said Mr. Grier. "We just wanted to do something like this to help out and to show we care deeply about every child getting a good education in our county."
With the tools to do the work in the classroom and their homework, they stand a better chance of succeeding, added Mr. Grier.
"We wanted to do this as a group to try and keep them motivated about the importance of getting an education," he explained. "It was much needed in this county."
Students and their parents alike were treated to freshly cooked food by lodge members and offered cold drinks, while a member of the Thomson Fire Department showed off the city's new ladder truck and talked with some about safety tips.
Bobby H. Rogers, one of the lodge members, said this particular idea had been discussed among members on several occasions, but it wasn't until recently that it "got off the ground" when Mr. Grier joined as one of the newest members.
"Winston didn't just talk about it; he put his talk into action and made it happen," said Mr. Rogers.
Dennis Venson agreed.
"This amplifies what we've been talking about doing for a long time," said Mr. Venson.
Charlie Crawford, one of the oldest members of the lodge, said he thought it was a blessing to be able to help so many local children in getting school supplies.
"Some of these children might not have been able to get the things they needed for school any other way," said Mr. Crawford.
Lodge members thanked the following sponsors for making the education give-away program a success: McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, Thomson Fire Department, Human Development Center, Enterprise Community Health Start, Wal-Mart Super Center and Fred's, as well as many others.