By Amber Bass
In 1989, a group of teens at Clay County High School took a step in their own direction when it came to joining a club, they made their own. Focused on community service and caring for others, the “We Care Club” was born. Founded by just 8-10 original members, the club has blossomed and grown exponentially. After 24 years, they are still going strong. The group’s last mission was to help families in need for Christmas. Brian Gould’s almost famous BBQ’s were the highlight of the boxed lunch effort. $1460 was raised to feed and provide presents to families and children in Clay this holiday season.
Jerry Stover, Brian Gould, Connie Ramsey, Betty Cottrell, Thomas Helms, J.P. Helms, Norman Ramsey were just a few of the volunteers. “We do it for the enjoyment of giving kids a Christmas and those who have nothing” said Connie Ramsey owner/operator of Connie’s in Clay. “With the mines gone, things are just getting worse. We are amazed at the community support we get. Without the help and the backing of our community we wouldn’t be able to help. Even those who have nothing but a handful of change, give. That’s the way Clay works though, we all pull together” says Ramsey. When there is a need the “We Care Club” will be there leading by example.