Letters to the editor

Apr. 15, 2013 @ 07:52 PM

Helping homeless youth attend camp

This summer, many children in Durham will pack knapsacks, grab sleeping bags, and say goodbye to their parents with an equal mix of trepidation and joy to attend summer camp. At least 118 local children won’t have the chance to leave their homes – not for a day, a weekend, or a month. They won’t stay at home, either, because these children have no home.

According to the Point-In-Time Count calculated by Durham Opening Doors, children make up 16 percent of Durham’s homeless population; of the 759 known homeless living in Durham County, nearly one in five of them are under the age of 18.

As one of eight interns living in Chapel Hill and volunteering for a year of service through The Johnson Intern Program, I have no family here. I hail from one of our seven home states as a recent graduate of one of the eight different colleges and universities we attended. However, for this year, I share a home, a budget, a cooking schedule and a passion to serve with seven other people.

We have committed to secure funding for homeless children to attend summer camp with Genesis Home, a family homeless shelter in Durham. On April 26, from 8 to 11 p.m. at University Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, we will host an event with a live band and numerous prizes. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward sending homeless youth to summer camp. All interested parties are welcome.


Kindred Motes

Chapel Hill


Keep Sousa family in your hearts

Thanks to The Herald-Sun for publishing the story about Greg Sousa’s fight against brain cancer and his dream to race in Kona. 

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Greg and his wife Sara since 2004 and they are truly inspirational every day as they walk hand-in-hand down this new path created by cancer. 

To all your readers, I ask that you please keep the Sousa family in your hearts and remember them when online. 

Greg’s quest for Ironman Kona is a family dream, but they need the support of all of us, every day. Readers can vote for Greg’s video daily and just as important, share the video and ask others to vote. Everyone is just two clicks away from helping make a dream come true. Go to www.bit.ly/ZRNFe3 and click on the “vote for this” button in lower left corner of video. 

The Sousa family will be leading a team of almost 50 runners and walkers to raise funds for the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family walk on April 20 to help fund the dreams all of those fighting brain cancer.


Dawn Franklin