Selma, NC: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
On Tuesday, April 20, Serve the Need in Johnston County, recently donated over $1200 worth of books for the summer reading program at The 21st Century Village Community Learning Center with the help of Central Lube owner, Tim Matthews.
Serve The Need member, Brenda Bush, was presented a check from Central Lube of Clayton and Smithfield for $600 based on a matching donation promise. Tim Matthews, owner of Central Lube challenged Serve The Need’s membership to raise $600. He promised to match those donations up to $600 and not only did the membership reach that goal, they exceeded it.
“I am very pleased and not at all surprised by the generosity of the membership of Serve The Need in Johnston County.” Stated Tim Matthews. “They have answered many calls when the need has arisen. This is just one of many and I am very fortunate to be a part of the process.”
Accepting the donation were Brenda Bush, Sandy Ross and Margaret Gooding all members of Serve The Need. The three ladies were charged with collecting monetary donations and then finding books to suit the summer reading list for 3rd thru 7th graders. The 21st Century Village Community Learning Center was presented with those books on Tuesday as well.
“Serve The Need answers many calls within the county and we are blessed they chose our after-school care center as one of those calls.” Stated Sherry Moore, owner of The 21st Century Village CLC. “Our children need books to read. Brenda, Sandy and Margaret made sure they have them.”
Diverse titles are among the donated books. North Carolina authors were researched and books from those authors were first and then nationally known authors were chosen to represent a diverse array of titles for the young readers.
“Our organization is so proud to be a part of helping Johnston County in any way it can.” Stated Brenda Bush, Serve the Need member. “Our membership has big hearts and we cannot express enough how fortunate we are to have them step up when they hear the call to help someone. These books will go far in entertaining and educating our local children.”
Selma Town Manager, Brent Taylor, Selma Mayor, Cheryl Oliver, along with Councilmen Byron McAllister and Joe Scarboro were among the dignitaries present.
“It shows goodwill to have local organizations helping local businesses. It’s the foundation of good community relations.” Stated Mayor Oliver.
Serve the Need is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving others in Johnston County. Started in 2009 by Norwood Williams of Clayton, NC by building handicapped ramps for veterans, the 501(c)3 organization has grown from a few friends to membership of over 200+. More information about Serve The Need in Johnston County can be found on their website at www.servetheneedjc.org or by calling the organization’s president, Tom Ricks at 919-333-8399.
The 21st Century Village Community Learning Center can be reached by calling 919-802-4689.