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Seven Ministries thanks school rally supporters
Letter to the editor

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Back to School Rally. The event was held on July 25 at Rebecca’s Place here in Hinesville, and we were able to provide school supplies to well over 250 children. Seven Ministries is not a social club, nor a civic organization. We are a ministry and, like all ministries, we depend on donations (the kindness of strangers) to make what we do possible. Monies from our annual fundraiser, the Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon, remain our primary source of funding, and we continue to thank those who supported that event.

Below, I want to thank those who contributed to this particular event:

Special thanks to family friend and District 2 school-board member, Carolyn Smith-Carter. Rebecca’s Place is Carolyn’s brainchild, and we appreciate her allowing us to have our annual function at this beautiful location. The Smith family and our family grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same schools and attended the same church as children, and we continue to do so today. Words can’t explain the joy it brings to my heart that we’re blessed to have an event in our old neighborhood that brings smiles to the faces of so many. Thanks to Hinesville Wal-Mart, First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Hinesville Fire Chief Lamar Cook, school-board Chairwoman Lily Baker, Evangelist Jeannie Worthy, Eddie and Kathy Walden, and Bobby Ryon. Thanks to Sara Swida of Keep Liberty Beautiful, and CH2M Hill. I want to thank the other elected officials who attended: County Commissioner Justin Frasier and Hinesville Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier. Thanks to local appointed officials, NAACP Liberty County Branch President Graylan Quarterman and Shirley Frasier from the Liberty County Board of Health.  

This was not a political event, but I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to thank the potential candidates who set up booths and passed out supplies: the Charles Frasier for Mayor Team, Liston Singletary for Mayor Team, Arthur Nixon for City Council Team and Vicky Nelson for City Council Team. I want to thank our Urban Cowboys for bringing horses to the event and providing monitored pony rides to the kids — Juan Fabian, Joseph Kelly and Robbie Bacon — and Long County Commissioner Willie Thompson. Thanks to Shawntell Greene of T.E.L.L. and the NAACP for setting up informational booths as well.

And last, but not least, an event such as this would not be possible without the support of The Home Team from Azalea Street: special thanks to Mrs. Johnnie Mae Miller, Rickey Fabian and Don Taylor.

It’s our pleasure to give back to the community in which we live and, with the continued support of our family, our friends and our supporters throughout this community, we will continue to do so.

May God bless you and keep you is our prayer.

Gary Gilliard
Seven Ministries

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