While most students and families packed up and headed south over the recent Fall Break at UCJSHS, students in the National Honor Society stuck around town to help make the home of one local woman a bit brighter by sponsoring their second Union City Home Makeover.
Two years ago, the organization sponsored their first home makeover for Terresa Bradburn. At the time, Terresa was pretty sick and unable to do some “outdoor upkeep” around her home. The group came together and weeded, grubbed, painted, and planted. It was a great experience for the students, providing them a first-hand experience of selfless giving.
This year, the members of NHS “took over” the home of Desiree Hardwick, a 1988 graduate of Union City. After some phone calls, emails, and Facebook chats with Desi and her mom, Janey Carrico, the National Honor Society created a to-do list for this event. Over the course of two days, their goals included spray washing the house, cleaning out the eaves/downspouts, weeding the flower beds and re-landscaping, preparing the back patio, and adding shutters to the windows. The group managed to check-off each item from the list, and then some!
Event chairperson, Reagan Hoggatt, said of the activity, “It’s great coming together for the good of another! We worked very hard and the outcome was very rewarding, for Desi and for us!” The organization worked earlier selling Butter Braids to help raise funds for this, and future, projects. But through the kindness of local businesses and community friends, the expenses were limited. Says Hoggatt, “Lowes, in Greenville, helps us out by giving us a 17% discount on our purchases, and when we purchased the plants, they sold them to us at 75% off! We got $400 worth of plants for a bit over $100.” Didier Hardware in Union City donated all the mulch needed to redo the flower beds, and community friends Sharon Hoggatt, Melissa Adelsperger, and Rhonda Fields provided lunch and treats on the group’s last work day. Recently, the organization received a donation from community friend Junellen Bradburn, to help with any of the group's future endeavors.
Though it was late into October when who knows what will happen weather-wise, the group was blessed with two beautiful days to work. And their work has blessed Ms. Hardwick immensely. “Everyone worked their tails off- what a great bunch of kids, to take time out of their Fall Break to do this...There really is no way to express thanks enough for all the hard work everyone put into this.”