Swain ‘Rally’ was a huge success
To the Editor:
The Swain County “Rally for Health, Hope and Recovery” was a huge success. The event included about 30 providers of care who shared information concerning a wide variety of available help that is not readily accessible for most people. In addition, free items such as baby diapers and a hotdog lunch were provided.
As an example, Swain County Congregations4Children and our literacy initiative, Growing Our Future Through Reading, gave gently used books to all the children and spoke with their parents/caregivers about the importance of reading to children. We emphasized the evidence that children who are proficient readers at the end of third grade are less likely to abuse alcohol, take drugs or be incarcerated.
We, as all the other groups, are offering hope at a time when it is sorely needed and vitally important. We appreciate Hope Springs and all its volunteers who made this rally happen!
Linda H. Dills
Swain County Congregations4Children