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The Ted Williams story is ongoing and we hope he pulls through his personal challenges.  Most stories regarding the homeless are not  typical screenplay material, rather of a child or parent struggling with living life the best they know how.

 A local Greensboro, NC man was featured on the cover of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal’s first issue in February 2010. Through this online link, Michele of Chosenfast website, who reports on our local homeless community, informed us of his accidental death. Larry’s obituary was sadly posted without a photograph.

GREENSBORO — A pedestrian crossing eastbound Interstate 40 on Tuesday night was struck by an SUV and later died at Moses Cone Hospital, according to a news release.

On Wednesday, police identified the man as Larry Wayne McCraw, 40, of Greensboro.

He was hit by a 2002 Ford Explorer just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The car was driven by Gail Hill Roper, 58, of Whitsett. She was not injured.

Police are still investigating the crash.

The wreck stalled traffic on eastbound I-40 near the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive exit. All lanes have reopened.

When Mr. McCraw’s family posted his obituary, we signed his guest book in hopes of connecting with living family members. His cousin reached out to us in a matter of hours. She resides less than 2 miles from our office and was very appreciative of any pictures of her nephew. After meeting with her, we realized 3 generations of Larry’s family members graduated with ours. We had a connection far deeper than a weekly hand wave.

I saw Larry quite often and he was not camera-shy  and when presented with his photograph on the front cover, said, “Wow, I am famous”. Not to the extent of Ted Williams, but more humbly. The mere connection to Mr. Larry Wayne McCraw was his sweet and polite nature every time a care packet of food was given to him. These care packets are little acts of kindness when one is unsure of why they are there, what they are doing or will do with money given to them.

Rest in Peace Larry Wayne McCraw

Read how our local painter, William Mangum has helped the homeless community by utilizing his talents developing the  Honor Card Program.

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Homeless Receive Care Packet from Stillborn Angel

A plastic bag full of crackers, juice and cookies lay on the back seat of my mother-in-law’s car. My 10 year old vehicle breaks down quite often, so my husband’s mother loaned me her zippy little car for a few days. I thought what a great idea, snacks and a beverage for when she’s stuck in traffic.

I forgot to inquire about the snacks; however, the subject came up in her bible study class days later. My mother-in-law’s friend stated that she was rather uncomfortable giving money to the homeless. Whatever the case, the vote was unanimous that we all had similar thoughts of uneasiness by giving just cash.

My mother-in-law packs up goodies for the homeless people standing at the intersection we pass daily, going into Greensboro. Juice boxes, granola bars, crackers, cookies and chips are placed into a see through plastic bag. Nothing in them will melt from our intense North Carolina heat.

I love the idea of helping out the less fortunate in this “out-of-the-box” manner. I decided to participate. It makes me feel good and I hope to add a little nourishment for someone less fortunate than myself. Giving back to the community in this fashion may touch the heart of a homeless person in a positive way. One never knows when they are making a memory, but it’s worth trying. I insert a little piece of paper with Tanner’s name in between the snacks. This act of kindness gives me the opportunity to write my stillborn angel’s name many, many times. Bereaved parents never forget their children. Larry Wayne McCraw was the recipient of the snack bag one rainy day.

Larry recently passed in a vehicular accident. Rest in Peace dear Larry.

Read our local blog regarding Greensboro’s homeless community, http://chosenfast.com

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Ignition Interlock Device and Drunk Driving

The installation of an ignition interlock device is utilized for those convicted of drunk driving in the state of North Carolina. Repeat offenders, those who blow .15 or higher on their breathalyzer test, as well as some repeat offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device on their car if they want to qualify for a DWI hardship license. An ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer in that it measures a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). In order to your car to start, you must blow into the device first. The car will not start if your BAC registers at .02% or higher. You will be required to blow into the device periodically as your drive as well. If at anytime your BAC measures over .02%, your car will turn off.

This above information was forward to us by Sheriff BJ Barnes and our Chief Deputy County Attorney, is also found on The North Carolina’s General Assembly’s website page

Under North Carolina state law, you must pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device, as well as its monthly maintenance fee of approximately $160.00.

This is what happened to a gentleman named David Sherman, of the Browns Summit area in North Carolina, while taking an AFTERNOON bike ride.

A father, friend, and a son.

Will this law save lives?

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Crossing Guard Dies Protecting Young Student

by Basil Augusta

 In 2008, a crossing guard named Diane Sharp pushed a student from an ongoing dump truck, saving his life. The second grader of an Ohio Elementary school has fully recovered because of this courageous and selfless act.

 Freedom from danger was not an issue when Laura Ingle from the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” walked to school each morning, other than maybe tripping over uneven ground. The external factors have increased significantly, therefore, decreasing our children’s overall safety.

 Parents will begin driving their children to school alleviating personal anxiety while increasing the emissions on school grounds and also missing this opportunity to benefit from fresh air and exercise. Child obesity has tripled in the past 30 years because of eating habits and technology. Obese children are more prone to develop high blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and social and psychological problems where the unhealthy cycle starts all over again.

 Crossing guards have long been a second set of watchful eyes looking out for our children’s safety. They greet our children with warm words, scold them for unsafe behavior and protect them from suspicious activities, giving parents a peace of mind. Crossing guards Prevent many potentially harmful acts upon our children.

 Will crossing guard posts be replaced with banners and signs saying, Drug Dealers are Not Tolerated”, “Abduct my Child and Face My Wrath”, “Bullies Better Beware”, or “Speeding Cars will be Prosecuted”.

 Crossing guards have a very important role assisting parents in the care and nurturing of children. Parents are unable to view all aspects of their child’s social interactions where as crossing guards help guide children from their homes to their schools with minimal negative activity. Their job is much more than moving from point A to point B.

 Information provided by- www.saferoutesinfo.org, www.cdc.gov

 

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David Sherman was riding his bike around 5:45pm on October 24, 2009 and was struck by a vehicle. Now a white memorial ghost bike stands in the place  where his life was unnecessarily taken. David Sherman’s bike looked similar to the other memorial bikes below.

I believe the woman who drove off after hitting Mr. Sherman has not served one day in prison.

She had previous convictions and basically did not have the right to be driving in the first place.

My heart breaks for the family. I can’t even imagine the hurt, sadness and anger over this injustice.

An avid biker was killed enjoying an activity that probably brought him great joy.

Instead of roadside memorials, those killed on bicycles will be honored by a white memorial bike. These somber memorials began in St Louis Missouri, 2003 and are now in over 100 locations around the world.

Ghost Bikes is the official site where there are instructions how to create a memorial bike.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Tara received her new heart while in her 20’s only to enjoy life for another 2 years before a local man decided to drive while drunk. We all make mistakes, unfortunately this was his second offense with a blood alcohol content (BAC)of .18 and after only 59 months of incarceration was walking our streets again. In addition to this tragedy, Tara’s stepsister and half-sister were also killed by him and the families are still without an apology, remorse for his actions or acknowledgement. These beautiful girls should still be physically with us.

After speaking with Tara’s mother Cathy for over 2 hours, I realized  most people would have gravitated towards her. Tara was the girl next door, full of life, talked to anyone, was selfless, was giving and had a soul stronger than her heart.

Tara’s story has many chapters, one being her heart condition. Tara had endured several surgeries, but was in need of a stronger heart. She would lay in a hospital bed for 12 weeks before receiving a donor heart. Tara was ecstatic but in a split second was melancholy due to the realization someone had died. She often thought of others first and needed to pray for the family, later to befriend the mother, Mildred.

The transplant was a success. There is always a chance something could go wrong, but Tara had strong faith which her mother Cathy did not at the time. They openly discussed this fear later on and Cathy decided to turn to God for comfort as her daughter did and was saved. Tara’s heart transplant changed Cathy’s life forever. This event gently prepared Cathy for what was to come in the future.

Another heart warming chapter of Tara’s life would be her son Jagger. Tara married Sean in 2000 and because of her heart condition, could not have children. This did not stop Tara from being a mother. The couple was involved in an open adoption and cared for their newborn baby boy for 9 weeks before Tara’s death.

Jagger will never know how wonderful his mommy was, how she would spoil him, how she would fix his boo boo’s or just being able to snuggle at night during a storm.

Cathy has another daughter Katie, who is 24 years younger than Tara. Katie just adored her big sister and her new nephew.

Jagger is now 6 and lives out-of-state with his new family. Even though adopted, the family agrees Jagger has many features of Tara.

Cathy had tremendous support after the death of her daughter, one being her girlfriend, Denise.

Denise was with Cathy during the difficult times including the civil trial. On Tara’s birthday, mothers day and day of the accident, Cathy receives a phone call, card or some kind of gift assuring Cathy her daughter will never be forgotten.

Marty, an associate preacher of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church would also be of tremendous comfort for Cathy. This holy man did not know Tara, but gladly opened his door and his heart to Cathy’s grief.

Cathy now speaks on behalf of her daughter and MADD (Mother Against Drunk Drivers) at the Guilford County Courthouse and has received additional support from this organization. Cathy also mentions Michael Jackson, founder of Crash Prevention Network of North Carolina supporting families touched by vehicular accidents/crimes.

Cathy did not have the opportunity to say goodbye or hold Tara because of her condition after the limo fire and explosion. Cathy does cradle her ashes when she feels close to Tara.

Thank you for sharing Tara’s story, your healing resources and support systems with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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