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Kinston Teens gives away bikes and peppermint for Christmas

To close out 2016, the members of Kinston Teens truly celebrated the season of giving. Brianna B. knocks on a door at Six Churches Plaza elderly apartments with two jars of Christmas candy.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Mr. John Coward, a member of the Board of Directors for Kinston Teens, our members bagged and jarred tons of peppermint to deliver to residents living in the downtown Kinston elderly apartments. The bags and jars of peppermint were hand-delivered door-to-door to the residents on Friday, December 23.

"This was such a fun and heartwarming experience," said Brianna B., a tenth grade Kinston Teens member from Kinston High School. "I enjoyed meeting the elderly members of our community, and a lot of them already knew about Kinston Teens and were glad to see us."

Continuing in the spirit of giving and spreading holiday cheer, Kinston Teens founder Chris Suggs and Youth Leadership Council President Dyasia Gooding spent the Christmas holiday providing outstanding kids in our community with a HUGE reward—brand new bicycles!

With a sponsorship from Mr. Kenneth Blizzard, owner of Contract Flooring & Design, and the James & Rebecca Perry Foundation, Kinston Teens reached out to Northeast Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School and Lovitt Hines Recreation Center to find youth who displayed exemplary character, citizenship and leadership abilities.

At Northeast Elementary, twelve students were selected by their peers as being the "best leaders and servants" in their classes. "We're are extremely grateful to Kinston Teens and their sponsors for being true members of the village and supporting our students here at Northeast," said principal and Kinston City Councilwoman Felicia Solomon. "It is extremely significant that these young people, these babies, were voted on by their classmates as having the hearts of servants."

To celebrate the successes of 2016, and culminate their volunteerism for the year, members of Kinston Teens celebrated with a Christmas Eve Pajama Party in the organization's office. With food, drinks and snacks donated by parents, the members enjoyed karaoke, watching Christmas movies and making dance videos.

We're looking forward to continued fun and service in the New Year!

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