Editorial: Three cheers

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

Lord’s Child makes lives happier for kids, parents

Many thanks to The Lord’s Child, the mission arm of The Gathering church, which held its seventh annual Operation Backpack on Saturday. Each participating child got a pair of shoes, a backpack filled with school supplies, gifts and lunch, and a box of food for the family.

It is a terrific program supported with donations and the generosity of participating businesses. The mission says the entire day cost around $15,000, An army of volunteers, all dedicated to the cause, helped out. The kids had fun, the patents got some much needed relief and the church members and volunteers who assisted received many blessings in return.

David May, resource director for The Lord’s Child and mission pastor of The Gathering, said the rewards of putting on the program are easy to explain. “It’s a joy knowing you get to be the hands and feet of Jesus,” May said. That is what service to others should be all about.

Gatlinburg library aids novice computer users

In these times you would think everybody shows savvy around a computer. Not so. Even those who use them sometimes feel intimidated by them, and so many people don’t get the most out of them.

Anna Porter Public Library is coming to the rescue. The Gatlinburg library is offering a free monthly series of classes beginning in September on exploring free library Internet connections. This series is intended to acquaint somewhat experienced computer users to all that can be done from APPL’s website at home or from the office. Many classes will show library services including downloading free books and using databases.

Each class will be taught at the library from 10 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Pre-registration is required. Interested persons can register by calling 436-5588 or emailing to applkt@gmail.com. No classes will be taught for fewer than six persons. Thanks to the APPL for these helpful classes.

Woman pays it forward by securing AED for school

Students at Northview Academy will be a little safer this fall. thanks to Kodak native and future Academy substitute teacher Chasity Roberts. Roberts, 21, who attended Northview schools, was instrumental in Northview getting an automated external defibrillator device from Project Adam Tennessee.

The project provided by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Knoxville Pediatric Cardiology, helps promote public education and lifesaving equipment. It’s named after a teenager in Wisconsin who died in a gym without an AED.

Roberts was a victim of sudden cardiac arrest as a teenager. An EMT and fireman put the AED on her and saved her life.

Chad Roberts, Chasity’s dad, works for Norfolk Southern, and when the company had some funds available, they chose a project with ties to an employee. That’s how the new Northview school got one. Chasity paid it forward, and hundreds of students will benefit from that. Thanks to all who made this possible.