Holiday Provides Service Opportunity for Family

Kelly and Bobby Carter and Kelly's father, Evan Marion, talk to Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Specialist Josh Caine about their motivation for teaming up with the Red Cross to provide lunch to fire victims on a holiday.

Kelly and Bobby Carter and Kelly’s father, Evan Marion, talk to Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Specialist Josh Caine about their motivation for teaming up with the Red Cross to provide lunch to fire victims on a holiday.

Story by Tara Humphries, Chair of the Board of Directors, Wayne County American Red Cross / Thursday, July 4, 2013

KINSTON, NC – While some took the day off to celebrate Independence Day, others made it a day of service, including the American Red Cross and the Bridge Church, who provided lunch for the displaced residents of Kinston Towers.

Independence Day reminded one family of Bridge Church members of “the honor and privilege to be free,” according to Kelly Carter, who was volunteering with her husband Bobby, and her parents Evan and Laura Maryon.

It is “the ability to worship freely, too,” she said. “We respect that many have died to give us this freedom.”

Kelly, Bobby and Evan have special insight into the sacrifices others made for their country – all are veterans. Kelly and Bobby served in the U.S. Air Force and Evan was in the U.S. Army. Kelly and Bobby have a son in the Air Force, too.

“It is kind of our obligation,” Evan said of partnering with the Red Cross on a holiday. “It is a spirit of cooperation. We’re out here for the same general purpose – to help others.”

“It is never about us,” Kelly added.

Bridge Church members Bobby Carter (front) and Elbert Richardson grill hot dogs for a special Independence Day lunch for displaced residents of Kinston Towers.

Bridge Church members Bobby Carter (front) and Elbert Richardson grill hot dogs for a special Independence Day lunch for displaced residents of Kinston Towers.

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