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Our view: Clark County cares, and it shows

In the last two editions of The Winchester Sun, reporter Seth Littrell shared the stories of local people giving back to their community. 

Thursday, Harkness Edwards Vineyard was the featured business in our weekly “Business Spotlight.” 

Mother-daughter duo Cathy and Nini Edwards are launching a new weekly event at Harkness Edwards Vineyards today to help support area nonprofit groups.

Called Sip and Support, the event is aimed at offering a low-cost fundraising option for charitable groups in the region. For $30, customers will get a guided tour of the vineyard along with a wine tasting and a guided cheese pairing. Hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine of their choosing are offered at the end of the tour with 20 percent of all the money raised donated to a different non-profit each week. 

The first Sip and Support was Thursday, to benefit Clark County C.A.R.E.S., an organization dedicated to supporting the Clark County Animal Shelter. The events will continue each Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. 

Friday, the spotlight on was on Central Loves Winchester, an outreach ministry of Central Baptist Church.

The congregation at Central Baptist is taking part in the third year of an outreach program aimed at ministering to the needs of those in the community.

The church works with Clark County Community Services to identify people who need assistance. Many times, the subject is an older person who needs help maintaining their house or who has need of a project to increase their mobility, like through building a handicap ramp or handrails on stairs.

The number of volunteers varies each week based on the number of projects and the type of work that needs to be done, but it common to have as many as 50 people spread across several different sites.

In addition to building ramps and handrails, projects also often include yard care, planting, tree trimming painting and power washing. Churchgoers also offer to keep people company and pray with them. 

These groups are just two of many that have been featured in The Winchester Sun over the years, but we are certain there are a plethora of other businesses, churches and organizations doing their part to give back to the community that we have not yet had to the opportunity to recognize.

Our community could never truly prosper without those people or groups that take the extra time to give back.

Actor, director and producer Denzel Washington once said, “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” 

We find this sentiment to be true, especially in Winchester-Clark County, where there are a variety of generous business people, organizations and churches. 

It is our goal to report all the news of Winchester-Clark County, and that includes sharing the word about the good deeds of our neighbors. 

Do you know of a group or individual that needs to be recognized for giving back to the community? Share the information with us by emailing news@winchestersun.com or come by the office at 20 Wall St. and talk to one of our reporters.