Lee Crutchfield, founder and owner of the Aloha Safari Zoo near Cameron. Lee is just back from judging the 2017 American Shetland Pony Club Congress in Missouri and he joins us to talk about how he and his family, with the help of countless volunteers, have turned a farm into a haven for unwanted, mistreated, and injured animals of all sorts. He’s a licensed keeper of exotic animals, and his life-long passion for caring for animals has grown into not just a major rescue organization for dozens of different species, but a ministry of encouragement and affirmation to those who volunteer.
Dr. David Bruton, a founder of the Moore Free Care Clinic, former North Carolina secretary of Health and Human Services, and former Chairman of the State Board of Education. David grew up on a farm in Montgomery County, and through personal experience, came to understand the importance of family, the value of education, and the lifetime benefits of mentoring relationships. As a pediatrician, he built a practice where he saw first-hand the healthcare challenges faced by the poor – and responded.
Rev. Richard Joyner is the founder of the Conetoe Family Life Center, hospital chaplain, and a 2015 top ten CNN hero. Richard grew up in eastern North Carolina as one of 13 children – the son of a share cropper. He joined the Army, and eventually found his way back to North Carolina where he took his early difficult years of experience on the farm and by faith, through community gardening, established a lifetime ministry to hundreds of children. The ripple effects have changed families, and restructured the community.
Nancy Pickard, retired longtime North Carolina educator, adoptive mother of three, and supportive wife of a dreamer. Over the course of her career, and during the challenging times of integration, Nancy taught elementary school students and served as principal at a number of different schools. She and her husband raised a family, and along the way, on weekends, perusing her husband's dream, built Ole Gulliam Mill Park.
Hal Siler, a descendant of Siler City's namesake and a long-time activist in Sanford and Lee County. As the oldest active surveyor in North Carolina, Hal has also served as Sanford's City Manager and head of the Chamber of Commerce.
Stephanie Pridgen, a Media Communication Graduate of Emmanuel College and Missionary to Ukraine. Her commitment to teaching and humanitarian work overseas is derived from early personal experience and grounded on the conviction that one person CAN make a difference.
This episode we feature Shelly Bryant of Underdog Ranch Pet Adoptions. Our station mascot, Olivia Newton John, is a graduate of their foster program and we wouldn't have her in our lives without the hard work of Shelly and her team of volunteers. Shelly's compassion for dogs without homes is heartwarming and her rescue work is helping to make our community a better place.
Judy Jones, Vietnam veteran and long-time patient care nurse, and teacher of certified nursing assistants. Judy volunteered to go to Vietnam and currently serves as a board member of a Veterans Residential Services organization.
Dawn Turner, international student services coordinator at North Carolina Wesleyan College and two time “teacher of the year” award recipient. A true ambassador. A woman who’s priority is building relationships. A creative passion for students far from home means that young people from some twenty other countries know what it is to be a part of an American family and to have true friends in North Carolina.
Minda Daughtry, a horticulture agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and woman whose zest for living is an inspiration. Her curiosity about the world, her sense of daily opportunity, and her enthusiastic embrace of challenge are intriguing.
Jimmy Garner, a native of NC, who for nearly nine decades has lived to make his community a better place. Car salesman-turned-president of First Bank, and still choir director at his church in Robbins, Jimmy’s story is one of traditional values.
Jeannie Reives, a woman who took over her father’s barber shop after his death, and who’s mission it is to bring a smile and a great haircut to everyone she comes across. From regular customers to inmates, to the elderly, to the mentally ill.
Roscoe Emmanuel is a retired highway patrolman who now spends his time ministering to Native American tribes on reservations out west. Through the non-profit, Native American Christian Ministries of the Carolinas, his is a story of dedicated service.
Larry and Grace Aiken — a husband and wife team whose dedication to serving their community spans more than 50 years together. Theirs is a story of love and service…a story of Singin’ in the Rain and Keepin’ the Music Playin’.