May 2022 Caring for Carolinas Community Service Hero

TRYON, NC (WSPA) – “Well, hi, Jack Roper here, here between Tryon and Columbus in the town of Lynn [at] the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We present our Caring for the Carolinas May award to Lorna Dever, Caring for the Carolinas Host Jack Roper.

“There is so much poverty here in Polk County, North Carolina. And when Lorna approached me with this idea, I just jumped in,” said volunteer Roy Miller.

“It went from probably 100 households to over 600 households. We serve about 1,200 people every month now,” said Wanangwa Hartwell, Dever’s daughter.

“She is constantly working on grants to get more money, which she distributes to the community. We do deliveries, [and] every 2 weeks we get a shipment,” said volunteer Diane Arnett.

“But the number one thing in this ministry is my love for God and sharing God with other people in the community. I also help eradicate hunger, and I have an amazing group of volunteers who have helped me over the years,” said award winner Lorna Dever.

“We really want to impact people’s lies for eternity. We want them to feel like they have a safe place to go with plenty of food to eat,” Hartwell said.

“I think she gets up every morning and says, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do today?’ Because if she lives, she gives,” said volunteer Maureen Smith.

“Courtesy of our sponsors, of course, Bath Fitter, Ingles and Unclaimed Furniture. Here is our winner for the month of May: Lorna Dever! Roper said.

Norma P. Rex