Poplar Hill Lodge helps homeless kids celebrate Christmas

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Members of Poplar Hill Lodge 331 celebrated their Christmas party Saturday night with a few friends on hand.

Paulette Wall, homeless coordinator for Richmond County Schools, received $1,000 from lodge members¬†“to help buy Christmas” for the nearly five dozen homeless children, who celebrated with lodge members and some 200¬†others at Wayman Chapel Faith Center south of Hamlet.

Lodge members presented included brothers Curtis Ingram, John Stanback, James Chambers, Mike Legrand, Willie T. Legrand, Henry Pratt, Kevin Wall, Tally Watson, Richard Nichols, Willie Thomas and Worshipful Master Vernon Allen.

The last publicly available number of homeless children in Richmond County’s public school system was 117. A homeless child is defined as one “who sleeps in a hotel, motel, RV (or) domestic violence shelter,” or whose family is doubled up with another family in a single home.

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