I would like to begin by thanking everyone who gives up so much of their time working at the food bank once a month in Swansboro. In October, I joined a group of Emerald Isle residents who each month prepare breakfast for over 135 people who wait in line at the food bank in Swansboro. This group meets early in the morning to prepare homemade biscuits and hot coffee and then carries it over to the Hem of His Garment in Swansboro. This breakfast and food bank distribution is coordinated by the Emerald Isle Baptist Church but it is ecumenical in nature as people from many churches gather to distribute food. Thanks to all Emerald Isle residents who do this once a month. Hats are off to Dorla Pake for coordinating this great service project. I felt a great spirit among the group as they worked so hard and diligently to distribute the food. Everyone was so pleasant and so caring. We are so fortunate to have so many dedicated and willing individuals working hard to provide a hot breakfast and much needed food to those in need.
I would also like to congratulate Floyd Messer, Steve Finch and Candace Dooley for being victorious in the recent commissioner’s election. Congratulations on their victory. They will be sworn in during the board of commissioner’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6pm. It was a very competitive race and it was wonderful that we were blessed to have so many good and qualified people seeking the three seats. With such a talented field of persons running for office the future bodes well for Emerald Isle.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every person a very Merry Christmas. May you enjoy the peace, love and joy of this special season. Take time to reach out to someone who needs a special hello, hug, or word of encouragement. All too often we fail to take time and reach out to those in need.
May your holiday season be special to you and your family. God Bless each and every person.
By Mayor Eddie Barber