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Student wants “Wrapped in Love” drive to keep folks warm this season

Nov 27, 2019 09:08AM

CHS junior Noah Abernethy and some of his “Wrapped in Love” items that were recently donated for his cause to warm those in need this season. (photo provided)

by MICHAEL E. POWELL

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Noah Abernethy is a young man who believes in making a big impact. So much so, he recently collected all sorts of warm clothing items to give to local Christian organizations and churches to folks who might have a tough time staying warm as colder weather comes along.

Abernethy, an 11th grader at Cherryville High School, and the son of Jon and Jennifer Abernethy, told his parents he decided to do a community project for those in need in Cherryville.  

He noted that with the winter months approaching, there will be a huge need for gloves, toboggans, scarves, blankets and coats so his mom, Jennifer, said he reached out to area schools to support his project, “Wrapped in Love”.

So, without much ado, students and staff and teacher at the four Cherryville-area schools, Cherryville Elementary, W. Blaine Beam Intermediate, and Cherryville High School, all donated various gloves, toboggans, scarves, blankets, and coats to his cause.  

“He also received donations from a local mission group of women who used this project as their November mission action,” said Jennifer. “It was a two-week event, held from Nov. 1, through 14, and over 500 items were donated!”  

Jennifer said Noah is going to give the donations to Cherryville Area Ministries and Jesus Servant Ministries so they can be given to the ones who need them most. 

Mom and dad said their son is so thankful that Cherryville is a community that cares, and so many gave to “Wrapped in Love!”

She continued, “Please consider donating gently used and new gloves, toboggans, scarves, blankets and coats so that everyone will be warm this winter.”

The Abernethy’s want to give a special thank you to principals, Mr. Shawn Hubers, Cherryville Elementary School; Mr. Todd Dellinger and Mrs. Kim Beam, W. Blaine Beam Intermediate School; and Mr. Kevin Doran, Cherryville High School, for helping to advertise, support and give to this project.

Noah said of his project, “No matter how small, any efforts to help someone else can make an impact bigger than you can imagine. I am thankful for all of the people who donated. Together, we collected over 500 items!”

Mom, Jennifer and Dad, Jon, said of their son, “We are proud of Noah for recognizing a need in our community and wanting to do something to help. We hope that he will always continue to have a heart for others and a desire to give back to his community.”

Noah noted that Jesus Servant Ministries is open to the public Thursday and Friday, from 9 to 10 a.m., and all items are free.