J.D.R. Hawkins

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They Need Your Help


I don’t typically do this, but something serious happened last weekend and I need your help. My son’s best friend, Ben, was in a terrible car accident as he was leaving Florida to escape Hurricane Irma. His two little boys, Jack, age 8, and Owen, age 3, were in the back seat. They left Tampa and got as far as Pensacola when they were rear-ended by a pickup. Both boys received skull fractures. Owen also fractured a vertebra and has been in a coma since the accident happened last Saturday.

This family needs any help you can give. Please pray for the kids’ recovery. Their only car was totaled, so if you or someone you know has a car they could donate or sell for cheap, that would be awesome. Send me a message or email if you do. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist with the purchase of a new vehicle. Here is the link:


Please do anything you can to help this wonderful family. My son has been heartbroken since he heard the news Saturday afternoon. Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.


Fireworks and the Fourth


I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July. This holiday brings many fun-filled memories of family, friends, and special summers. Although everyone has fond memories of July 4, let’s not forget what the holiday truly represents: FREEDOM. We have been a free country for so long that it’s easy to take that for granted, but remember our ancestors, who gave their lives so that we could be free. The Fourth of July  is historically significant, not only for our War of Independence, but also for the War Between the States.


In 1863, two important events played out: Gettysburg and Vicksburg. The battle of Gettysburg, after three days of heavy fighting, ended on July 4, with both sides thinking they were victorious. It was realized later that the Confederate army had actually suffered a defeat; the first major loss of the war. At Vicksburg, Mississippi, Union General Grant succeeded in taking the town after a month-long siege, thus securing the Mississippi River for Federal use.

Our founding fathers sacrificed home and health to secure our freedom. This 4th of July, let us honor those who so loved, cherished, and believed in our country that they laid down their lives unselfishly. God bless America!

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