They sold a lot of soup

Proceeds to help local mom care for 8-year-old son

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

* Soup sale to help buy handicap van

ROCKINGHAM — The people behind a February soup sale presented a local mom with a check of the proceeds from the event.

The Rolling Sandhills Civitan Club sold a lot of soup. On Monday night, club members met with Bobbi Jo Gurry in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church in Rockingham and presented a check for $2,149.37. The money will go towards purchasing a customized that will aid the 5-foot-1, 100-pound Gurry with getting Logan in and out of the vehicle on their way to and from Cordova School each day.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Bobbi Jo Gurry, left, accepts a check for more than $2,100 from Rolling Hills Civitan Club members Lisa Cloninger, Cassie Cloninger and Rebecca Gilliam.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Bobbi Jo Gurry, left, accepts a check for more than $2,100 from Rolling Hills Civitan Club members Lisa Cloninger, Cassie Cloninger and Rebecca Gilliam.

Lisa Cloninger, Cassie Cloninger and Rebecca Gilliam gave the check to Gurry during the group’s monthly meeting. Gurry was in awe of members’ support and at a loss for words on being given the gift.

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Her son, Logan, is an inch away from being 4 feet tall and weighs 53 pounds. It’s a physical struggle to put Logan into her sport utility vehicle, break down the wheelchair and stow it in the back, drive to Cordova School, rebuild the wheelchair and take Logan out — getting Logan to class on time each and every day.

“I’m having hard time lifting him into my car,” Gurry told The Pee Dee Post in a January interview.

Hurry said a wheelchair van in Charlotte is ready to pick up — but she needs at least $25,000 of the $51,000 purchase price first. The van will have a ramp that will allow Gurry to push Logan in his wheelchair onto the van and lock the wheelchair in place — saving both a physical struggle and time from breaking down and rebuilding the chair.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that appears in infancy or early childhood and permanently affects body movement and muscle coordination.

“When he was about two months old, he quit breathing,” Gurry said. “The lack of oxygen caused him to have spastic cerebral palsy.”

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Submitted photo New Rolling Hills Civitan Club members welcomed to the group Monday night include Lauren Buie, Jackie Blue, Minnie Ratliff, Patricia Greene, Beverly Crouse, Cherneise Wall, Jim Nelson and Ashlyn Morland

Submitted photo
New Rolling Hills Civitan Club members welcomed to the group Monday night include Lauren Buie, Jackie Blue, Minnie Ratliff, Patricia Greene, Beverly Crouse, Cherneise Wall, Jim Nelson and Ashlyn Morland.

The Rolling Hills Civilian Club welcomed eight new members on Monday: Lauren Buie, Jackie Blue, Minnie Ratliff, Patricia Greene, Beverly Crouse, Cherneise Wall, Jim Nelson and Ashlyn Morland. The club celebrated their membership with strawberry shortcake.

Club members also elected officers for next year. Rebecca Gilliam will be president, Cassie Cloninger will be president-elect, Lisa Cloninger will be treasurer and Ivy McLeod will be secretary.

The group also discussed upcoming projects, including a raffle with two handmade wooden planters, a yard sale and a table with Civitan information and a game for kids at the 2nd annual Hitchcock Creek Duck Derby, a Sandhills Children’s Center fundraiser, set for Sunday, June 7 at the Steele Street access point.

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