"We help anybody out that needs any help." That's what Katherine Wilcox, a representative of the Ellamore Recreation Center, told Randolph County commissioners this week. However, this time it was she and her organization that received help.
For the past few years, the Ellamore Recreation Center has been providing residents of its small community a place to gather and socialize, a safe haven for children to play and a facility open for organizations to host events. Recently, though, the center has fallen on hard times - less than $40 remained in its account to pay the mortgage and utility bills.
Fortunately, the Randolph County Commission came to the rescue with a $3,000 contribution from the hotel/motel tax fund.
The volunteers from Ellamore work hard at fundraising and in seeking contributions. Even Commission President Mike Taylor commended the group for its efforts. However, these folks and so many others throughout our communities are experiencing something similar - a weak economy is slowing donations to a dribble.
While it's difficult for struggling families to set aside a portion of their incomes for giving, it is important to remember that organizations such as the recreation center play a vital role in small communities. Donations of even a small amount tend to accumulate, and the return to the many served is tremendous.