Coats of many colors
Published 12:07 pm Thursday, January 21, 2016
LEWISTON – Several dozen Bertie County residents came together to support their neighbors on Saturday Jan. 9 at the Stop-N-Park in Lewiston for what was named The Winter Coat Collection Drive.
“We just came together to have a winter coat drive because we still have people in Bertie who don’t have a winter coat so it is our job to help,” said organizer, Ishmael Muldrow, a former Bertie resident now in Edgecombe County.
In all, over 60 coats were collected to be distributed around Bertie County.
Muldrow partnered with God’s Community Bible Center in the Edgecombe County community of Princeville, along with Open Doors Church in Rocky Mount for his annual Christmas-time food drive giveaway where he distributed food boxes to between 300 and 500 recipients in Bertie County over a four-year period.
The coat collection drive was sponsored by Hope Community Center of Bertie County, located in Lewiston, which Muldrow founded and directs. Monica Lassiter, another Bertie County resident, assisted with this year’s drive.
“She’s always helping in the community,” Muldrow described of Lassiter.
A special treat was prepared for this year’s coat drive participants: a barbecue supper Muldrow hosted at the collection site featuring his “world famous” Turkey Bar-B-Q.
“I’d like to thank all the fine folks of Bertie County who participated in this event,” Muldrow said. “With special thanks to Rev. Shawn Roberson, owner of Strike-A-Pose Photography in Windsor; John’s Lawn Service of Lewiston; and Life Cycle Learning Center located in Aulander. We also want to say thank you to the great people of Bertie County for making this event a great success.”