Pastor’s Wife Asks Duplin to Come Together to Send Sign of Love to High School Students | Local
There is no doubt that moms love their kids and want the best for them. Being a mom comes with a heightened sense of care, not only for our own people, but also for those who are close to us. But for some moms, that sense of well-being goes beyond that.
Meet Tia Bell Hankins. Hankins is a loving mom and dedicated wife who gives of her time to serve the local community. Hankins is also the founder of a local Adopt A Senior – Duplin County Edition Facebook group.
Hankins was inspired after being invited to a similar group started by a friend in Brunswick County last year, where she and her husband, Cameron, who is pastor of the New Christian Chapel’s Baptist Missionary Church, have lucky enough to adopt an elderly person.
The group, now in their second year, aims to spread joy among high school students who, due to the pandemic, are missing out on some of the most anticipated third year traditions and festivities, and let them know that they are not alone.
“I wanted to give it back to the Duplin County graduates. (They) are so missing their senior year due to COVID restrictions, ”Hankins said. “High school seniors and their families were hit hard when they found out that maybe they couldn’t go to prom or do the fun things seniors do. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to experience these memorable things, you know how important this is. Sadly, it looks like the 2021 class won’t be able to say the same. “
Hankins and her husband are dedicated advocates for the local community and the group was a way to do something that could boost the morale of the high school students.
“You never know the impact you can have in someone’s life just by a simple act of kindness,” Hankins said. “We hope to bring a smile to the face of every senior. Your support can be something as simple as a card. “
The private group has over 1,000 members who have joined Hankins’ pledge to adopt a high school student.
According to Hankins, parents who join the group introduce their high school student (s) by posting an article about them. They share photos and something their oldest would like or need after graduation. The “adopters” contact the parent directly via courier and coordinate the delivery method at the discretion of the parent (s).
The Hankins have two sons, Jackson and Parker.