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Stories - 2015 Archives

From feeling worthless to being somebody -- Kimberly's story

Kimberly was adopted when she was three years old traveling from China to her new home in Washington State. What should have been a bright beginning to a good life instead became a young life marred by verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

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Brothers Leave Worries Behind

Kathy and Craig could never predict when the phone might ring. Inevitably, a call would come. On the other end of the line was their grandsons' father, a single dad who not only struggled to care for his boys, Jonathan and Thomas, but struggled to care for himself. The grandparents learned that their grandsons, along with their father were living on the street. Read the brothers' story and discover how a call to Baptist Children's Homes changed everything.

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Victoria living new normal

Normal for some children is far from normal – Victoria believed her life while she lived in Maine was normal. Her mom and dad divorced when she was very young. Alcohol and drug abuse by her mother created a home life where she and her brother became caregivers for their mom. Victoria’s brother would work to buy food and took care of his little sister. When she was 12 years old, he left for college. “That’s when I began to raise myself.”

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Pillow project meets needs

John, a rising junior at Raleigh Charter High School, chose as a school project to help Kennedy Home. He visited with director Brian Baltzell first. “I felt it was important I help meet a real need,” John says. “Mr. Baltzell told me they needed new pillows. He said every child who comes into care gets a new sleeping pillow.” John had his marching orders. He created a pillow collection campaign – The Pillow Project – and set a goal to provide at least 50 new, standard-size pillows.

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Blackwell presents Legacy Awards

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BCH celebrates 130 years of HOPE!

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Brandon's family stands with him

It’s been a year since Brandon came to Camp. Big for his age, he used the advantage to bully other children at school. He was angry after his grandpaw died and soon shut down. School became difficult and the pace was too fast. His anger to worsened and soon the bullying came home leading Brandon to turn on his siblings.

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Renown artist lends hand

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David seeks adoptive family

“I need to be accepted by a family,” David says. “I need to be loved without me being judged because of where I’ve come. I want a family to adopt me and give me a new start – a new beginning.” Thirteen-year-old David has been at Camp since last fall. Cameron Boys Camp was a place where he felt he could work on his problems – especially his anger. He had been bullied in school and needed a safe place.

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Young mother hopes for child

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Parents find needed partners

Brian and Cindy Eddinger knew they wanted more than one child. When they were expecting their first child, they set their attention on finding quality child care that reinforced the priorities that were important to them as parents - Christian values, education and learning, and an emphasis on growing socially. They found the perfect match once they visited Baptist Children's Homes Weekday Education program.

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Employees of the Year: Staff members celebrated

Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina is made up of dedicated and passionate individuals who believe in sharing hope and changing lives everyday. We are excited to celebrate seven employees who have gone above and beyond to care for children and families in need.

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Children and VBS make big impact in hurting lives

The children who attend vacation bible school are choosing to make a huge difference in the lives of hurting boys and girls through very creative outreach opportunities!

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Elisha trusting future to God

Growing up, Elisha became numb to the chaos that engulfed his life. The abuse he endured from his mother and her boyfriend, the cockroaches that crawled over him as he slept at night, and the violence entrenched in his neighborhood were all too common.

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Couple's calling remains strong

Roger and Vicki Grossman have served as missionaries in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala for nearly three decades. In many ways, their work to reach the indigenous Quiché people living in the Central American city has only begun.

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Ten points to help you enjoy life

Last month, Dr. Blackwell wrote about enjoying life or enduring life. He noted that we all need to find value in anticipating small events and learn how to make them special. Keeping an eye on the future is one way of walking the more pleasant path. Check out his checklist of ways that can help you march ahead...

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

As our children and grandchildren grow, we pray daily for their safety. We childproof our homes removing harmful objects. We pad sharp corners. We buy soft, comfortable furniture for them to steady themselves as they toddle around. We do everything in our power to let them know they are loved. Unfortunately, not all children grow up in a loving environment.

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Weekday Education Marks 50th Anniversary

Baptist Children's Homes Weekday Education ministry has served as an early childhood education leader for 50 years, placing the highest priority on both children and families.

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Madi's garden helps children

11-year-old Madi was first inspired to help children living at Baptist Children's Homes after hearing a presentation in her church. Madi decided she wanted to give back. The now 6th grader started growing her own garden and selling the produce to raise money. Not only did she donate the proceeds to Broyhill Home in Clyde, but she also brought fresh produce for the cottages to use.

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4-H club brings opportunities

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Food Drive meaningful to siblings

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At BCH, siblings stay together

Brothers and sisters can argue and fuss at the drop of a hat. But when things are up in the air and times get tough, siblings stand together through thick and thin. Currently, Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) has 24 sibling groups in children’s residential care throughout the state.

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Couple shows love by serving

Pat and Harold Clapp began volunteering in 2013. The retired couple invests their time, often daily, at Mills Home. Pat left her employer of 37 years because she felt God leading her to volunteer at BCH. Seeing the lives of BCH’s residents changed through the ministry, and receiving hugs from the children, is what makes volunteering a passion for the couple.

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