June 26, 2013 — A local businessman is helping bring in donations for school children in need.
Bryan Greenhill is the owner of Papa John's Pizza in Grayson and Louisa.
A six-year Carter County Board of Education member and Heritage Watch Dog volunteer, Greenhill says he felt that God wanted him to do something to give back to the communities.
While driving last month, Greenhill said God began giving him ideas and plans of exactly what he was being called to do: stuff an entire school bus with food and school supplies for needy children.
Greenhill shared his idea with a few people and contacted Becky Walker, coordinator of East Carter Youth Services Centers.
He wanted items that are donated to be distributed to the Carter County Bridges Family Resource Center's along with the Back Pack Program for kids across the county.
Greenhill’s partners in this project did not need much convincing that it was a great thing.
Francis Nash of WGOH/WUGO Radio only needed to hear it would benefit the children of Carter County before he started broadcasting public service announcements.
The announcement led to The Dollar Tree becoming a sponsor and drop off location and the program's first major donor.
Greenhill’s sister, Rene Clay, heard the announcement and approached her co-workers in Kings Daughters Medical Center's community relations department about taking on this project. During one of KDMC’s three deliveries to the Grayson Papa John’s location, Clay said she was happy to help.
“We already do a back pack program so we wanted to concentrate on the food,” Clay said. ““It is overwhelming and it is just wonderful to see the heart of our employees and how much they are willing to give.”
She went on to explain that KDMC team members from all locations gave from their hearts and all the donations came from their own pockets.