Greater Spruce Pine Jaycee Challenge provides new van to B&GH

November 2, 2020

On October 17, a small group of Jaycees gathered for the presentation of the keys for a 12-passenger van to leaders of Boys and Girls Homes at Vann Underwood Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Whiteville.

The van was purchased with funds raised through the Greater Spruce Pine Jaycees Van Challenge issued earlier this year. Lettering on the side of the van reads, “Donated to Boys & Girls Homes by NC Jaycees Friends In Honor of Gary Faircloth, JCI Senator #44039” as this year’s challenge was issued in part as a way to honor the retiring B&GH President Emeritus.

“Gary has demonstrated a true commitment to the children through his many years of service,” said David Hughes of Spruce Pine, who initiated the challenge. “His upcoming retirement really helped to motivate our Jaycees and JCI Senators to raise the funds to make this important purchase to support the children.”

B&GH will use the van to transport the girls who reside in the Jaycee cottage on campus to a variety of events and activities away from the Lake Waccamaw campus. It replaces a van purchased in 2007 through a challenge also issued by Hughes.

“This is the third time David has issued a challenge to meet the transportation needs of our children,” said Faircloth. “The first was issued in 1985 when he was a Jaycee Club President, and then the second was in 2007 when he was serving in leadership as a JCI Senator. The vans have served us well and provided the opportunities for our children to have adventures beyond the campus that would not have been possible otherwise. We are deeply grateful for all the Jaycees, JCI Senators and friends who made this purchase possible.”

The 2019 Ford Transport is a low-mileage vehicle with one previous owner. Vann Underwood was able to find the vehicle when he became aware of the campaign.

“Vann did an incredible job in finding the van for us,” said Faircloth. “Even though it was in good condition when he found it, he spent time to make sure it was truly up to his standards in all ways.”

For Hughes, knowing the van will provide more opportunities for the children is the biggest reward.

“It is about serving the children,” he said. “Being a part of the Jaycees organization and the JCI Senate, I learned that you can be a part of something bigger to make a difference in the world. This is one more way we are able to do that.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.