Giving back: Woman provides holiday baskets for the elderly
Published 9:41 am Thursday, December 30, 2021
By Mike Barnhardt
Stephanie Watkins Hinson grew up in Davie County.
And after her business – Define Shine Cleaning – became successful, the current resident of Cabarrus County resident wanted to give back to her hometown.
She wasn’t deterred when her effort to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in local apartments didn’t materialize. She just started to focus on Christmas.
“I knew there was something I could do from my heart to put a smile on someone’s face,” she said. “My mission was to reach someone in need of a simple smile.”
A nursing home popped into her mind, and she went to work.
“With the help of my mother, Hilda Watkins, we arranged from scratch 42 fruit baskets to give to every resident at Mocksville Senior Living.” They were delivered Dec. 18.
“During the holidays, we have so much to be thankful for and we sometimes take for granted the things that we have and do not realize how others are affected during this season,” she said. “It brightened my day to see the smiles on the faces of the residents, and also saddened my heart that some of them feel alone.
“I am thankful that we were able to donate and appreciate the nursing for allowing our contributions. It’s the little things that means the most.”
Eaton Funeral Service in Mocksville co-sponsored the effort along with Define Shine.
“The greatest reward in life is being able to bless others,” she said. “No act of kindness is too small.”