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Volunteers help at House of Mercy

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    - HOUSE OF MERCY
    Teen volunteers from Catholic Heart Work Camp recently helped clean windows and gutters and weeded the grounds at House of Mercy in Belmont.
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    - GASTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
    Dave McDonald

Volunteers: This summer, several volunteer groups have helped at House of Mercy, an AIDS ministry in Belmont. The Tradesmen group hosted its annual summer cookout at House of Mercy on Aug. 2, serving residents. The group also donated a fruit basket for the residents. The Tradesmen have provided volunteer and financial support in the amount of more than $50,000 over the years.

Faith Victory Ministry, Metropolitan Community Church of Charlotte, Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church and Gloria Jefferies also donated dinners for residents this summer, and teens from the Catholic Heart Work Camp came out to do cleaning and yard work at the residence and grounds.

The Prime Timers of Charlotte donated cash and wish-list items in honor of Prime Timer Jack Pugh’s birthday. Mount Carmel Baptist Church Missionary Group and others also donated items from the organization’s wish list.

House of Mercy provides a home and specialized care for more than 300 low-income men and women suffering from HIV/AIDS. To view a photo tour of House of Mercy or the organization’s household and pantry wish list or to make a donation, visit www.thehouseofmercy.org

Cartooning and comics workshop: Artist and author Dave McDonald, creator of the Hamster Sam youth graphic novels, will present a multimedia program and interactive drawing opportunity on the art of cartooning and comics, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 13 in the auditorium at the Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

The event is free and appropriate for youth in grades three-12 and adults. Registration required. To register, call 704-868-2164 / dial 3 during regular library hours. For special accommodation, call 704-868-2164 / dial 4 at least five days before the event.

Compiled by Gina Smith

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