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Local businessman helps raise community awareness

Local businessman helps raise community awareness
Special Features Editor
Inspired by the 50,000 Acts of Kindness initiative in effect at Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City, local businessman and club vice president of operations Rod McLendon hosted what he hopes will be an ongoing event known as We Care Community Awareness Event recently at the park on Nash Street in Union City.
McLendon estimated 230 children, teens and adults enjoyed a variety of activities and opportunities at the event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“We had inspirational speakers, basketball games, free throw contests, a football toss contest, live instrumental music, jumper games, a balloon release, good fellowship and lots of free food and drinks,” McLendon said. “In addition we gave away gift cards and prizes.”
He said he was pleased at the response from service clubs like the Casey-Johnson Lions Club, the GI Car Club, the Obion County Prevention Coalition, the Community Serving Club, Silver Trowel Masonic Lodge No. 2, Delta Sigma Theta, the Colored Hotel Heritage Group, the Miles Alumni Association, Miles Head Start, the Tennessee Rollerz and the Boys & Girls Club. He said they set up information booths and helped serve and interact with families that came to have a good time.
“After the Boys & Girls Club initiated the 50,000 Acts of Kindness program to encourage club members to look for ways to practice kindness toward others each day, I was inspired to take this new step,” McLendon said. “I choose to look at the glass as being half full, so I naturally choose to focus on what is right in our community and to go to work building on that.
“I want us to put a magnifying glass on the positive, not the negative and I think this event proved young and old alike could interact and have a great time. Kindness was definitely shown and everyone seemed to have a great time. We’re looking forward to next year.”
To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee, call the club at 885-0883, visit the club at 1015 East College St. or go online to the club Website at or visit the Facebook page.
Published in The Messenger 10.25.11

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