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7/16/2021 7:07:00 AM
Carolina Cross Connection Helps Locally and Globally
Church-based volunteers make a difference
Volunteers with the Carolina Cross Connection put in this new deck at a home in Mount Holly last week.

Volunteers with the Carolina Cross Connection put in this new deck at a home in Mount Holly last week.

Another photo of the deck with insert photo of Grace Zelenphotos courtesy of the Carolina Cross Connection
Another photo of the deck with insert photo of Grace Zelen

photos courtesy of the Carolina Cross Connection

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

Volunteers with the Gastonia-based Carolina Cross Connection recently made a difference in Gaston and Lincoln counties.

According to spokeswoman Grace Zelen, working away in Mount Holly last week were eight campers (two adults and six kids, 12-18 years of age), all putting in five days of sweaty effort in the heat and rain to put in a porch for an elderly woman. For 34 years, the church-based Carolina Cross Connection (or CCC) has performed such home repairs, yardwork and more for those who can no longer do so, throughout western North Carolina and even as far away as Central America.

Zelen talked about this latest project:  “They built a porch and set of steps, replacing an old porch, giving a local woman safer access into her home. Campers got out of their comfort zones by working with various power tools.”

But it takes money to make it all happen, Zelen said.

“We need donations to make additional projects like this possible,” she said.

Want to help? Learn more about how you can donate to the CCC’s ONE Campaign by checking out the website at

Zelen added that in addition to home repairs, the CCC also has an urban ministry in Asheville and an overseas ministry in Honduras.

“They all have the same goal: to love people!” she said. “Getting to have campers complete these projects has truly been a blessing to witness.”

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