Union City, Ga – Thanks to a group of seven community-minded employees at BB&T’s Peachtree City branch, Christian City Children’s Village recently received five new desktop computers through the bank’s “Lighthouse Project.” The group also volunteered their time and effort at Christian City, helping with several different projects across the 500-acre campus.
Connie Hall, volunteer coordinator at Christian City, commented, “We were thrilled to get the call from BB&T’s volunteer team about their desire to help our children and seniors.” Even when rainy weather hampered the planned community garden project, the BB&T volunteers gladly moved indoors and assisted with other projects on the “needs” list. “From organizing a storage closet to visiting with senior residents, we greatly appreciated each and every contribution from the BB&T volunteer team,” Hall said.
BB&T employee and volunteer project captain, Gail Belliston, recently moved to Georgia from Utah. “I heard about Christian City Children’s Village through Peachtree City Christian Church,” said Belliston. “Until we volunteered on the campus, I had no idea there were so many different ministries at Christian City. Now I want to do more,” she said.
Belliston’s co-worker and member of the volunteer team, Carol Wilcox, especially enjoyed interacting with the residents of the Christian City Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center. “The senior residents really appreciated our visit. We played bingo, told stories and jokes,” Wilcox said. “It feels good to bring a smile to someone’s face.”
BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project” encourages employees to give back to their communities by volunteering. In conjunction with their volunteer efforts, the team can apply for financial assistance to support the needs of the organization. “Part of our bank’s mission is to help communities achieve financial security and economic success,” Belliston said. “In addition to our volunteer projects, we were pleased to support Christian City Children’s Village by providing needed computer equipment to help the children continue their success in school and maintain a 100% graduation rate,” she said.
About Christian City Children’s Village
Christian City Children’s Village, located between Fairburn and Fayetteville, cares for victims of child abuse and abandonment. The children now live safely in family-style homes with full-time house parents on the 500-acre campus established in 1965. The program’s positive impact is demonstrated by a 100% high school graduation rate.
About Christian City
Christian City was established 52 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and older adults, living at Christian City. The campus includes the Children’s Village, homes for active seniors, a thrift store, 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit christiancity.org.
PHOTO: Christian City Assisted Living Center resident, Thomasine Randolph, enjoys playing a game of bingo along with BB&T employee volunteer, Nikki Slater.
PHOTO: Team captain of BB&T’s employee volunteer group, Gail Belliston, organizes a storage closet at Christian City’s welcome center.
PHOTO: Employees from BB&T’s Peachtree City branch recently volunteered at Christian City. From left, Candace Swiftbird, Gail Belliston, Carol Wilcox and Brandy Wingate also presented five new desktop computers to Christian City Children’s Village through BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project.”