Our View: Ups and Downs - Wesley Memorial women; Davidson litterbugs

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 01:36 AM

THUMBS UP to the Eighth Day Unity Group at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Last Sunday, the women’s worship group at the church held what they termed a “traditional Southern” baby shower. The old-fashioned gathering featured gifts and games and cake and refreshments and attracted more than 150 people.
But interestingly, the social wasn’t held for an expectant mother. Instead, the baby shower benefited the Baby Basics Closet operated at the YWCA of High Point. And by all accounts this “Child of Promise Baby Shower” was a huge success.
Gifts received to help support the mission of the Baby Basics Closet included diapers, strollers, receiving blankets and pacifiers. “What the Eighth Day Unity Group and Wesley Memorial have done is truly a blessing to so many families in our community,” said YMCA executive director Heidi Majors. “They filled the shelves and have given us items to fall back on.”
Cathy Weaver, a member of the Eighth Day Unity Group said the women decided to hold the benefit for the Baby Basics Closet after reading in the Enterprise a story about the Baby Basics Closet running low on supplies.

While we’re on the subject, also give a THUMBS UP to the YWCA of High Point for the service provided by the Baby Basics Closet. The YWCA began operating the closet several years ago to help young mothers and families obtain baby care items such as diapers, wipes, clothes, car seats and numerous other necessities. The closet serves more than 600 families a year. The YWCA works with partner organizations to provide the service on a referral basis. Vouchers are given to people in need who then use them to shop at the Baby Basics Closet. The closet is supported by community events such as that sponsored by the Wesley Memorial women, the United Way of Greater High Point and others.

THUMBS DOWN to the folks traveling N.C. 47 between Denton and Lexington who can’t seem to understand that rural highways are not garbage disposal sites. Some residents of the area, particularly along the stretch of highway near Denton, have complained recently about the volume of trash and litter that has been thrown out or dumped along the road.
Davidson County has a waste management and recycling operation (deserving of a THUMBS UP itself) with container sites in numerous, easy access locations around the county. People should use those taxpayer-funded facilities and not roadsides.

THUMBS UP to Leslie Kalinowski as she retires as president and CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont, as post she held for the past 22 years. During her tenure, Kalinowski presided over the organization’s growth into new and then expanded facilities at its Westchester Drive headquarters. We wish her well in retirement.