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Alicia Lambert (from left) and Kay Ellis serve Junior Briner at the Beans, Cornbread and Bluegrass Benefit for The Children's Shelter.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Shelter benefit nets $3,940

A Beans, Cornbread and Bluegrass Benefit supper held Saturday evening has raised a total of $3,940 for The Children's Shelter. The supper was held at First Baptist Church's M.A.C. (Mission Activities Center).

"It was a community effort," said Judy Turnbull, shelter board president, who was very pleased and thankful for the support. "It takes a lot of money to run the shelter each month for 12 children," she added.

Ladies of First Baptist Church cooked the beans and cornbread and helped serve, while Lana Gray of Moni's prepared the fried potatoes and many people in the community made desserts and other items. Mel Fender of Chicken Shack Produce donated a basket of her specialty food items to be raffled.

Tables in the M.A.C. were filled with people who ate and listened to the Bluegrass Murphy Boys. Turnbull said most of the 300 tickets were sold, and a lot of people picked up carryout food.

This was the second year for the event, and Turnbull said she hopes to have it again next year.

Miles to be new administrator

Tonjia Miles, who has been named administrator of the shelter, was among those helping with the fund-raiser. Miles is a native of Lawrence County and lives in Walnut Ridge with her husband, Paul.

Miles is completing this school year as an elementary teacher at Ridgefield Christian School in Jonesboro and will begin work at the shelter the first Monday in June.

"She is very eager" and is already volunteering at the shelter and getting acquainted with the children and staff, Turnbull said.

Lisa Hufstedler of Bono is still part-time administrator but has resigned as shelter administrator due to health problems, said Turnbull.

On Saturday, April 14, the White Oak Baptist Church will be hosting a mission group that plans to paint the interior of the shelter. The children who reside at the shelter will be entertained during the day and overnight, while the work is being done and the paint dries.

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