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Letter: Rowan County bands together to help China Grove man

During this special time of year, magic happens in Rowan County.

There is a special needs autistic young man who has been struggling for the last year. He had no job, no insurance, no money, no food and little encouragement or support from others.

First Methodist Church in China Grove realized he needed help.

They raised funds to keep him from becoming homeless, provided food, funds for his phone and sought guidance from social services in Rowan County. With much help he now has Medicaid and will receive Social Security disability soon.

The efforts of China Grove Attorney Carole Brooke and Dr. David Maxwell, with Ascend Psychological Services in Rockwell, were instrumental in making this happen. Dr. David King assisted him with an eye infection and new eye glasses. Additionally in September, Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove hired him to do part-time custodial work under the direction of Janet Schmidt, who has a special needs adult son.

He is not able to have a drivers license and walks a mile to this job, which gives him purpose and he proudly enjoys it.

Last month, he developed bone spurs in his heels, which caused plantar fasciitis. Gerry Wood Honda Dealership became aware of this. On Wednesday, Brenda Wood delivered a new bike along with a helmet, two safety vests, a basket,and a lock to this young man so that it would be easier for him to get to work and get groceries.

The goodness of the people and professionals in Rowan County have made a difference. A shout out to all of them for making this area a great community to be a part of. They exemplify the “reason for the season.”

Tami Harless

Salisbury

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