There is a chill in the air and a subtle transformation is beginning to take place as we leave summer and move into autumn. We see the leaves are turning colors and, as we approach the month of October, it is time for the fifth annual Roger’s Wish project at the Bladen Journal.
During October, donations of new or gently used blankets and sleeping bags will be received to help the homeless and those in need.
The founder of this project, Roger Theodore Grunder, lived homeless for the last 19 years of his life. Roger became a fixture around Elizabethtown during his last three years (and) worked as a volunteer at the Bladen Crisis Thrift Shop.
He often visited with the staff at the Bladen Journal, as well as with friends at the Bladen County Public Library.
Shortly after starting his project with the newspaper staff to help the needy, Roger accepted Jesus Christ into his heart at a local church. Roger was killed in a car accident just two days alter. The Bladen Journal staff carry on the project in Roger’s memory.
Roger entered our lives several years ago and has never left our hearts. Although he did not have much in the way of wealth, he strongly believed in helping anyone in need. If you can measure a man by the number of friends they have, Roger would have been a very rich person.
The Roger’s Wish project is essentially a care package that Roger left in our hands.Each year that his mission takes place, his spirit is felt by many who are involved with it. While it is quite rewarding to be able to assist in helping others, it is a real blessing to know that Roger is with us each time we tend to his care package.
God bless everyone who gives this year.