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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Story of Noah’s CAN-paign and Robbie’s Gift of Love In Return

It’s the time of year again when Noah McArthur gets out his plastic pencil box to count all the “aluminum can” money he has stashed in there from the previous year’s recycling efforts. Noah was recently preparing to shop for his special family this year for Christmas, but not before getting to meet his new friends first.

On Saturday, November 21, Noah went to the Reynolds’ home in Sneads, excited to get to meet his new friend, Robbie. The boys talked and played as if they were old friends instead of having just met. Noah had made one purchase for Robbie and decided this would be the perfect day to go ahead and surprise him, since it was his birthday! Robbie was thrilled to see his new red bicycle, complete with helmet and safety pads!

Noah planned to do more shopping during the rest of the day, since he will be helping Santa get even more surprises to Robbie this year. It was a most enjoyable visit for the boys and their parents. Even Robbie’s fifteen-year-old dog, Elvis, got in the act, demonstrating many of his tricks to entertain everyone. Robbie also shared cupcakes with Noah and his family, and just as the visit was coming to a close, Robbie disappeared for a few minutes to go to his bedroom. He emerged with a smile, as he insisted on giving one of his special toys, a talking Mickey Mouse, to Noah for him to keep and enjoy.

It was decided that a play date for the boys will be planned again soon. Noah and his family also want to ask everyone to pray for Robbie’s mom, Laura, as she is dealing with serious health issues and needs our prayers for God’s strength and healing in her life.

Each year after Noah helps Santa provide cheer, he will immediately start working to replenish his empty plastic pencil box for next year. “There are many community friends and family members that help to make this outreach possible, so please forgive us if we inadvertently leave anyone out when expressing our deepest appreciation,” Noah states. “We couldn’t do it without you and want you to know you mean the world to us. Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to: Mrs. Kathy Johnson, editor of the Twin City News, who collects cans all year and even delivers them to Noah; Mr. Ben Dudley; Dresa Craven and family; Ann Wakefield; friends in Chattahoochee who deliver cans to Mrs. Kathy’s newspaper office; Christine Stephens; Jenny Traugott; Kay Atkison; Shirley Parmer; Cindy Abel; teachers and staff at Sneads Elementary School; Larry and Janice Farris; Donna and Dale Moore; Brian and Angelia McDonald and children; Janice and Gene Paramore; Connie Young; Dr. Paul Motta in Dothan, Alabama, for his monetary support, Cheryl McDaniel (principal of Sneads Elementary and a constant supporter); Papa Jimmy and Grandma Ramona McArthur (for so much help taking cans to the recycling center); and “Big Daddy and Nanny Nell” Wester. You are all precious people in our lives.” This project has grown near and dear to many in the community. It is their desire and prayer that Noah will continue this ministry with his own children one day.

To learn more about Noah’s CAN-paign and ways you can contribute, please e-mail Noah at McArthur@digitalexp.com.

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