Thursday, April 11, 2019
The Orphanage, A HOME! Sweet stories
"Hey That is Ted"
We attended a most interesting seniors meeting the other night. The guest of honor we have known a few years, Ken Hudson. He is now the Superintendent of the ‘Home for Children’. He was invited to speak by our Senior Leader, Ann Brown, a feisty 92 year old girl. She told him we would be glad to compensate him for his time. He told her, “Ann why don’t you just give it to the kids?”
With that, wheels rolled in her head. She set a goal for $1000 for the kids. That was reached and she shot for $2000. Well it ended up over $4000. It was the best senior dinner and meeting I can remember.
That HOME started with two children who had lost their parents. A minister took them in (1944) and after exhausting all avenues to house them, he called the owner of Cannon Mills. After some research Mr. Cannon said there is no orphanage in this area, but if you will manage it, the mill would donate the land build the buildings and turn it over to you. It happened quickly.
It so happens that two people I have come to know in the last few years are from that ‘Home for Children’. They spoke tonight and the stories were very heartwarming.
The story Friend Ted told touched me. When he and his siblings were there in the 50-60 era, The Home asked families to take a kid during school break at Christmas so they would know some family interactions. He recalled those were some to the best times of his life.
There were 14 boys his age 5-10 in his group. He said when everyone returned after Christmas, for a couple nights you could hear some sniffling and subdued sobs. I could imagine.
His sister Terry spoke also. Each kid got 15 cents allowance a week. She said she couldn’t wait to get old enough to work in the kitchen because then you got 25 cents a week allowance. AND when a kid brought in a report card with nothing below a B they got a $1. She only missed one time. The stories were very insightful. I grew up visiting that “Home for Children” a couple times a year because Dad’s churches ALWAYS supported it.’
Ken let us know that the kids they have now are much different from the first ‘orphans’. The ones now are from very abusive backgrounds, with nightmares of their short lives. Their stories will break the heart of the strongest of people, he said.
Sweet this, they were taught to tithe on the 15 cents. Both of them were still extremely proud of that. It set the tune of their lives.
Of course our East Belmont COG pastor, the Right Reverend Danny Peterson was present and 100% behind our young Sister Ann Brown's activities. Ahhh, there is so much more to this story we had a great night!
The top picture of two boys was an amazing coincidence. The one on the left is Ted, the man who spoke during the meeting. This is from a new brochure for the Home to be used at their 75th anniversary. No one knew it was Ted until his sister Terry looking at the brochure called, 'THAT IS TED!' Tears were apparent with the sibings.
Sorry, but A story like this s impossible for me to stay 300-350 words.
This is the NC Church of God Home for Children in Kannapolis, NC, Home of Cannon Mills. Have you ever used a Cannon made towel?
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