Matthew 25 nears groundbreaking

By: By Duece Niven - Tabor-Loris Tribune

TABOR CITY — With fundraising going well in advance of a scheduled Aug. 20 groundbreaking for the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City, directors accepted new donations for the center during a recent dinner meeting.

More than $20,000 from Tabor City Baptist Church was delivered by Finance Chairman Mark Harris and the Rev. Jeremy Deal. Matthew 25 board members Milton Coleman, of Shallotte, and Shep Oliver, of Marietta, accepted the money, which was raised over the course of nearly two years.

Matthew 25 Chairman Burnett Coleman said the money will help provide a place where families of inmates can stay when they visit their loved ones who are incarcerated in area correctional facilities.

“We’re looking forward to being a part of Matthew 25 going forward,” Harris said. “We want to be a part of it, to advance its mission.”

Coleman said the scheduled groundbreaking will cap an effort spanning more than eight years to build the center, only the second of its type in the state.

There is a functioning Matthew 25 Center in Pender County.

“We are just excited about finally getting under way,” said Brenda Jolly, groundbreaking committee chair. “There’s been so much effort, so much money raised and we’re very close to getting there. We’re in a big, final push to raise the money needed for this groundbreaking.

The public is invited to the 3 p.m. ceremony on Aug. 20 at the Matthew 25 site, located just off of Swamp Fox Highway Wes, west of Tabor City, near Tabor Correctional Institution.

By Duece Niven

Tabor-Loris Tribune