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Editorial: Community gives support to teen

  • Raquel Medrano/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Nathaniel suffers from an incurable heart condition, MakeAWish sponsored Nathaniel and gifted him with a trip to Disney World.

A 17-year-old Hardeeville resident in need of a heart transplant is getting love and support from his community.

Nathaniel Zapata and his family are members of Red Dam Baptist Church in Hardeeville. When churchgoers learned of his health problems they acted fast.

Led by Bill and Bonnie Patterson, the church is raising money for the Zapata family. To help get the word out, the church met with a representative from Children’s Organ Transplant Association last weekend to discuss how the organization helps raise funds for those who need life-saving transplants.

Among the ways to help raise money are planned spaghetti dinners to be hosted by Red Dam Church and Euhaw Baptist Church in Ridgeland.

You can read more about the fundraising efforts and how to help in this week’s Jasper County Sun Times.

Bill Patterson wants to do whatever he can to help Zapata and the family.

“He’s a fighter,” Bill Patterson said. “I’m 78 years old. When you see a young man who doesn’t know how to be a young man because of his health, it’s nice to be able to help in anyway we can.”

It’s great to see the community rally in support of each other and we wish Zapata all the best.

Investing in Jasper

August ends with encouraging news for September and beyond.

Last week, Peacock Automotive broke ground on a new Audi Hilton Head facility at New River Auto Mall in Hardeeville.

The city of Hardeeville and Jasper County were part of the ceremony that announced a $6 million, 30,000-square-foot dealership that is expected to bring 20 jobs.

The venture is promising and signals Peacock Automotive president and CEO Warner Peacock’s continued commitment to Jasper County.

Peacock’s been involved in the county for 15 years.

“He’s part of our community,” Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls said.

We hope the relationship continues.

Welcoming new Boys &Girls Club director

The start of the school year is the perfect time to welcome Derell Echols as the new Jasper County Boys &Girls Club unit director.

Echols, who when he was young attended a Boys &Girls Club in Indianapolis, began working at the club in Ridgeland on Monday and we look forward to sharing his insights and ideas with the community in an upcoming edition of our newspaper.

The Boys &Girls Club serves almost 300 kids ages 6 to 18 and we wish Echols well as he guides the children and staff.

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