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Tilman Arant Volunteer of the Year

Tilman Arant Volunteer of the Year

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:04 pm

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CANS FOR KIDS — Tilman and Wanda Arant of Dresden started Cans for Kids to help children that are in the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes in Bartlett and Millington. The Tennessee Iris Festival Board has named Arant 2010 Tennessee Iris Festival Volu
The Tennessee Iris Festival Executive Board has named Tilman Arant and Cans for Kids Project the 2010 Tennessee Iris Festival Volunteer of the Year. The board chose to honor Arant due to his commitment to his community.
Arant and his wife, Wanda started the Can’s for Kids program in Dresden and the surrounding communities after they were visiting the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in Bartlett near Memphis.
Arant said the Lord gave him a vision that he could collect cans and send the money to the home so the children could do some things other children enjoyed.
Their son Dathan and his wife Diana are house parents at Broyhill Children’s Home in Clyde, N. C. Through their son’s experiences they saw the need to help the children.
The money from the sell of the cans go to the Children’s Home in Bartlett and The Boys Ranch in Millington. The money can only be used for the children to go out to eat, to the show, ball games or for a child’s special need.
“It sure touches us when we are at the homes and the children come up to us and say we got to go out to eat last night and were told that the Cans for Kids Project paid for it. Most children don’t realize how special that is to these children,” said Arant.
The Arants are members of Mack’s Grove Baptist Church. The church members and pastor, Bro. Jim Barnhouse have been so helpful with this program, collecting cans and helping in taking the cans to recycling. Also their son and daughter-in-law help. Many churches around Dresden and individuals are also collecting cans for the project. Brian Mathis at Mathis Battery on Pikeviw Street in Dresden furnishes a place to park the trailer for the cans that is convenient for everyone. The cans are sold and all the money benefits the children at the homes.
A committee has been formed to help with this project consisting of Arant, Weakley County Baptist Director Wayne Perkins and Mathis.
The Arants commented, “This award is for everyone who has donated cans to the Cans for Kids Project and for Brian Mathis for furnishing a space to park the trailer. We are so excited the Iris Festival committee chose Cans for Kids to honor. We want to thank everyone for making this program a success.”
The 31st Annual Tennessee Iris Festival kicks off April 24 and runs through May 1 in Dresden.wcp 4-13-10

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