Making a difference

Published 4:55 pm Thursday, September 10, 2009

By Staff
Want to have a good time and help others at the same time?
If so, then attending the 20th-anniversary celebration for Eagle’s Wings on Oct. 11 is the answer. Eagle’s Wings, a United Way agency that addresses immediate hunger needs of the impoverished and homeless in Beaufort County, and Grand Ole Gospel in Chocowinity are presenting the Gospel Celebration that afternoon at Grand Ole Gospel.
With an economy that remains depressed, more and more Beaufort County residents are finding it hard to make ends meet. Putting food on the table and keeping the lights on are things many families are struggling to do. Eagle’s Wings helps with that struggle.
Tickets for the Gospel Celebration are just $5 each, but the money raised by ticket sales will go a long way in helping Eagle’s Wings feed folks who may be wondering where their next meal will come from.
With an annual budget of about $100,000, Eagle’s Wings does a lot of good, more than just making sure hungry people are fed.
Eagle’s Wings also help clients who face eviction, having their utilities cut off and need help buying medication. The nonprofit carefully monitors its clients to make sure they truly need the assistance the organization provides. Eagle’s Wings continually works with its clients to verify they meet requirements to receive that assistance.
In 2007, Eagle’s Wings helped 1,426 people who live in Washington. It helped 339 people who live in Chocowinity. In Aurora, 139 folks were helped. Eagle’s Wings assisted 108 people in Belhaven. It provided help to 98 folks in Blounts Creek, 29 folks in Pinetown, 24 people in Pantego and 18 people in Bath.
That information shows that Eagle’s Wings is making a positive difference in people’s lives.
The community can make a positive difference for Eagle’s Wings by helping celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary by buying tickets to the Gospel Celebration.