Evelyn Hawthorne, a resident of Haddock, gave inmates of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and seniors in Autumn Lane Health and Rehabilitation and Lynn Haven Health and Rehabilitation socks for Christmas so they would know someone was thinking of them this holiday season.
Hawthorne said she was happy to bless and help those often forgotten with a small gift for Christmas.
“For Christmas this year I gave socks and cards to the inmates at the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, giving them a total of 372 pairs of socks,” she said. “I gave delicious cakes to all the deputies and Sheriff Reece. I gave Autumn Lane and Lynn Haven cards as well.”
She said she gave Generations Adult Day Services III socks and cards, too. She said she had a lot of support from those in the community, and she was happy to help as much as she could.
“Oftentimes the inmates are looked over, especially in this season of giving. If we are to be as God has commanded us, we should show love. I truly wish more people would do more humanitarian acts and stop being so judgemental,” Hawthorne said.
The local resident said Jones County is her home, so she wants to help the county with charitable acts like this. She said it’s important for people in the county to see what is going on, and not just the bad things going on.
“I hope this inspires others to do something good or to do a similar gesture. This is why people should know more about things like this. Christmas time is a special time,” she said.
Hawthorne said she would like to thank P.A.L.M.S. Medical Transport, Elite Medical Transport, Baldwin Dialysis Center, KNA Groceries, Jacqueline Goodwin, Patricia Woodford, and especially Mary Harris for their help. She said she would like to thank the inmates and the seniors for being so grateful, too.
She said people should be showing love to others all year round, but she said Christmas time is a good time to show it. She said not only is Christmas the birth of Jesus, it’s a time for giving.
“The nursing homes get overlooked and forgotten often, too,” she said. “Whether this meant anything to them, I don’t know, but it meant the world to me. I really do hope this helped them out just a little, though.”
The local resident said her favorite thing about helping this time of year is the joy of giving. She said she enjoys giving to others because she has been blessed with the means to help give, so she wants to pass that blessing along to others.
Hawthorne said she plans to help inmates and the senior facilities again this year. She said she hopes to see their faces this time, because due to COVID-19, she couldn’t visit them in December.
“We can all be selfish at times, but we have to learn to sacrifice. God is so giving, so I should be giving, too,” she said. “I love to help others in any way I can, so I hope these people were blessed just a little.”
Hawthorne said if people want to donate funds or socks for Christmas of 2021, they can reach her at 478-733-0319 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.