VRC December 2016 Newsletter and Calendar

 

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2016 Out of Sight Dining on November 11th at the Hellenic Center

 

First, last month absolutely rocked!

Our 2016 Out of Sight Dining was a huge success, and we raised $27,570.00! This was made possible by our outstanding sponsors and the great people of our community who bought tickets to the event.

Thanks once again to:

Gold: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel Business Equipment, The Fayetteville Observer, Ramon and Virginia Yarborough

Silver: MiCasitas, Charles and Judy Luther, NFB Cumberland County Chapter, Array Magazine and Dr. Patrick and Carrie Callahan

Bronze: Brady and Julie Rufanact, Better Vision, Up and Coming Magazine

Super Supporters: W. Lyndo Tippett, Risk Optometric, Carolyn Armstrong, Dr. Mark and Sharon Kendrick, Western Harnett Lions Club, William and Ruth Altman, A+ Consulting, Carolina Vision, Rick and Carol Foster

Special thanks to our Out of Sight Dining Committee, Patty Nusbaum, Steve Goodson, Dina Goodson, Jacqueline Smith and Cara Spencer… AWESOME job!!! Extra special thanks to the Evrytanian Association for hosting a “top notch” event.

We are looking for new sponsors and new faces to enhance the awareness of our organization so mark your calendars for the 2017 “Out of Sight” Dining, Nov. 10th 2017, Hellenic Center, 6:00 p.m.

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If you’re sitting there reading this and are flabbergasted that it’s already December and the year is almost over, then you are in the same boat as all of us at the VRC! Maybe it’s because so much good has happened this year and we’ve been so busy with activities here, but regardless, we’re excited to be at this point and to be able to share with all of you how 2016 went!

November was an exciting and busy month! We want to thank the Western Harnett Lions Club for sponsoring our Aloha Zoo field trip and the employees for taking such good care of us while we were there. We learned a lot! Our Independent Living Workshops have been creating a lot of buzz for our blind and visually impaired. Last month they were able to learn how to use Amazon Echo Dots to their advantage and have found many uses for these great tools in their everyday lives. Thank you once again to Walker-Florez Consulting Group and Chive Charities for their assistance in purchasing the Amazon Dots!

Special thanks to Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation we were awarded $10,000 for our blind and vision impaired programming. We are so thankful for the award. With this funding it will aid in the skills our visually impaired and blind so desperately need.

A Note From Our Executive Director:Terri Thomas

2016… Where did it go??? We have been sooo busy and it is all THANKS to all our supporters, funders, and friends.
This year, we were able to:

 

*Attend the Barn Dinner Theatre for dinner and a play
*Visit Washington, DC (our first overnight trip)
*Visit Mike’s Farm for Christmas for our adults and kids for a spectacular light show and dinner
*Attend the Cape Fear River Tour with Freddie Mims
*Provide assistance (shopping, mail read, completion of paperwork etc.) for our homebound visually impaired and blind.
*Summer Camp for our Kids (Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Ellington White Visual Arts, Camp Rockfish and Lake Jordan boat tour)
*Chef Bill taught our youth how to prepare and display a wonderful meal
*Had opportunities for Bowling, Surfing, Horseback Riding, Hubbs Corn Maze, and Adaptive Movies.
*We also started our Independent Living Skills classes: Electric Skillet (Grilled Cheese Sandwiches); Crock Pot (White Chicken Chili), and Orientation Mobility and Training on the Amazon Dot.

We could not have done it without all our funders and supporters. It means so much to provide our blind and visually impaired with these programs.

Please think about us as a year-end contribution; no gift is too small !!!

See you in 2017!

~Terri

Coming up in December:

December 6: Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory Tour. 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Join us as we head to Bear Creek and tour the famous Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory. Call to sign up! (910) 483-2719

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December 7: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

December 8: Dollar Store and Lunch at Panera Bread: 10 am to 2:00 pm. panera-2Panera will be donating to the National Federation of the Blind Cumberland County Chapter when we go. Let a portion of the proceeds of your lunch that day go to a good cause!

December 13: Mike’s Farm: Magic of Christmas Show: 6:00 pm. Join us on a trip down to Beulaville as we enjoy a magic and dinner show!December 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

December 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

December 15: Family Meeting and Holiday Party: Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting. This month it will also be a time to celebrate together for the holidays so we will hold it at Western Sizzlin. 7735 S Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304

December 16: Mike’s Farm: Magic of Christmas Show: 6 pm. We will head back for a night of magic and an entertaining dinner–this time with our youth!

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December 19-January 1: VRC is closed for the Holiday Season.

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Coming Up in 2017:

We have so much coming up to look forward to:

*More independent living skills classes, trips, and fun, so stay tuned!! Like us on FB and volunteer.
*Get ready: 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Chicken Wing Fling, Chicken Wing Cookoff will be held June 24th at the Festival Park…Can’t you say EXCITED?!? Get your cookers ready!!

VRC Spotlight: Office Manager Alix Worrell

14183831_1038821836237305_4327869836893135409_nAlix started with VRC June 6th, and is doing amazing things!! She has started a new member orientation class, as well as has instructed our Amazon Dot class and Crock Pot cooking class. Alix plays an intricate role in youth programming, and she was actually a volunteer for many years while in school. She is engaged to Cameron Strickland, and her wedding date is October 21, 2017. She loves Cameron, Starbucks coffee, Starbucks mugs, and her cat, Leo. She brings her energy and passion to help others to the Center, and we are glad to have her!

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER  (910) 483-2719.

Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org.

Follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well. LIKE US!

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VRC November 2016 Calendar and Events

November is a HUGE month for us at VRC! Countdown to the Out of Sight Dining event is on, and we can’t wait to share a beautiful evening with all of you! We will experience fine dining blindfolded, have a silent auction, and welcome special guests, Christopher Duffey, a 15-year-old blind singer (whose video went viral and landed him an appearance on Good Morning America; the band Soul Decree, painting by Washington, DC artist, Jamie Peterson, hosting by Goldy from WFNC, and last but not least, enjoying  an evening all together with our wonderful supporters. We will also be celebrating 80 years of service here in Cumberland County on that evening while hosting our emergency responders from Hurricane Matthew.  We are so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community. There is so much good to come!

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A Note from Executive Director, Terri Thomas: 

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“Thanks to our Sponsors for the 5th Annual “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Event:

Gold: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel Business Equipment, The Fayetteville Observer, Ramon and Virginia Yarborough, Healy Wholesale Co.

Silver: MiCasitas, Charles and Judy Luther, NFB Cumberland County Chapter, Array Magazine and Dr. Patrick and Carrie Callahan, Walker-Florez Consulting Group

Bronze: Brady and Julie Rufanact, Better Vision, Up and Coming Magazine, SSC
Super Supporters: W. Lyndo Tippett, Risk Optometric, Carolyn Armstrong, Dr. Mark and Sharon Kendrick, Western Harnett Lions Club, William and Ruth Altman, A+ Consulting, Carolina Vision, Rick and Carol Foster

This also includes the great people of our community who purchased tickets for the event. We could not support the blind and visually impaired WITHOUT you; you are helping us to bring them the independent living skills they need… Just imagine how you would dress, eat, clean, get around town and your homes… That’s what we give them-the skills to do regular, everyday activities.

Our members thanked our faithful van driver James Johnson for his patience and awesome driving ability with a plaque and gift cards for he and his wife Leola to dine out and enjoy themselves. Leola is also visually impaired and would not join the Center because she thought only “old” people attended, but here she is five years later enjoying the benefits!!!

A huge thanks as well to all who reached out during Hurricane Matthew to help our blind and visually impaired. We are currently still collecting items at the Center to give to people in need including:  cleaning supplies, clothing, canned goods, hygiene products, and domestics (towels, sheets, quilts etc.) Our group wanted to give back to those in need during this time of so much devastation. United Way of Cumberland County has provided us with a Community Resource Directory and all items collected will go to whoever has the biggest need. We had two families affected by the storm, and we have been assisting them along the way. But there is still more we can do.

We also want to thank the National Federation for the Blind of Cumberland County for being the sponsor of (2) tables and an anonymous donor that sponsored (2) tables for our blind and visually impaired participants that come to the Center to attend the Out of Sight Dining. We were also blessed by the Walker-Florez Consulting Group and Chive Charities for their assistance in purchasing Amazon Dots for our Independent Living Skills Workshops. This will enable our blind and visually impaired to have all the benefits of the Amazon Echo at a fraction of the cost!

We are continually humbled and honored to serve in this capacity. Eighty years is a great number for our anniversary, but it’s only the beginning!

Until next time,

Terri”

 

Coming up in November:

Nov. 1: J.D. Fuller: 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville. 14641893_1079821082137380_2107413854318665098_n

Nov. 3: Patriot Theatre 14: 11 am. Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville.

Nov. 9: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Nov. 10: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

Nov. 11: Out of Sight Dining Event. Fine blindfolded dining (not mandatory, but we hope you’ll give it a try!) 6:00- 10:00 pm. Wonderful food, a silent auction and a great semi-formal evening. Please join us! Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Road, Fayetteville.

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Nov. 15: Aloha Zoo Trip. 10- 2 pm. dscf0676 Meet at the Center and enjoy a great afternoon learning about the animals at this unique zoo. 159 Mini Lane, Cameron, 28326

Nov. 17: Family Meeting 11- 1 pm. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting at the Gilmore Center. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville.

Nov. 18: Independent Living Skills Workshop with Amber. 9:30- 1:30 pm. We’ll be learning how to use the Amazon Dot technology. Please call the office to sign up–limited space available! (910) 476-6684

Nov. 22: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Nov. 24-25: Happy Thanksgiving! (Center is closed).

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Nov. 30: Farmers’ Market and cooking expo 9 am- 4 pm. Join us for an outing to Raleigh to check out the State Farmers’ Market. *We still need volunteers for this outing. Call us at the office to help! Then we will be attending a Special Cooking Program. This free program will involve cooking demos, food samples, and door prizes. Please let us know if you would like to attend!

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VRC Spotlight: James Johnson 14938119_10211257800147692_7092146179181716810_n

James Johnson has been with our Center for 6 years. He always arrives before time and handles our participants with patience and concern. We love James and could not have asked for a better van driver, helper, listener or friend. Thanks James for all your service to the VRC. And we also thank his wife Leola for allowing us to have him.

 

Hurricane Matthew gave us a lot to think about. Here’s a recent opinion piece VRC Executive Director, Terri Thomas wrote in response to the hardship the storm brought our community.

Help for Independent Seniors with Visual Disabilities in time of Emergency

By: Terri Thomas

How would you have responded in the midst of Hurricane Matthew if you received a call from an elderly and sight disabled woman that heard a tree come down on her home? Can you for a moment imagine how vulnerable it felt to her to be sight disabled and alone in that storm. Beyond that, she heard the tree but could do nothing. 911 was busy because of the many emergencies that day; she had no family members near. Thankfully, she called me. As I drove in my car with a friend to address the situation, it led me to think… “What would I have done in that situation? What happens to me when I get old? Disabled…?” Upon arrival, the caller had no idea the tree had chopped off the back part of her home or that water was coming inside.

What should the seniors that are at home and disabled do? Who do they call? Is the answer volunteer companions, dedicated senior help phone lines, senior registries, data banks, or cloud bank solutions? What can we do to ensure the elderly and sight-impaired are not forgotten? Before you think this is an isolated situation, realize that two-thirds of the legally blind population are seniors who lost vision as a result of age-related eye diseases. And it’s very real to those visually impaired that feel helpless in these moments. But does that mean they are helpless all the time? No!

The term vision loss refers to individuals who reported that they have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, as well as refers to individuals who reported that they are blind or unable to see at all. The 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports there are 6.3 million American adults 65 and older experiencing a visual disability. There are 13,663 adults over 65 with a disability living in Cumberland County and the last statistics given to the NC Division of Blind Services 630 visually disabled adults in total residing in our county.

There needs to be a way to check on our elderly. At Vision Resource Center, we provide recreational, leisure and independent living skills activities for people with visual impairment. 60% of our demographic is 65 and older. After hours who or what do they have?

I responded to the call, and we moved furniture and unplugged all sources that could be potentially be affected by water or in the way of a ceiling that was going to cave in. We removed her from her home and got her to a safe place until her children could drive through the storm to get to her and check out the home.

What would or could have happened if I was unable to get to her? It doesn’t have to be a hurricane, just an emergency. Thanks to decades of advancements in medicine, humans have a longer life expectancy than ever before experiencing vision loss. Let’s think of a solution, and if you have ideas, please contact me so I can implement these in our programming. No one in our community should feel helpless. As we come together and continue to piece our communities back together, let us take the lessons we’ve learned and apply them to solutions for the future.

 

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.

Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org.

Follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.
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VRC October 2016 Calendar and Updates

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What a great beginning to fall we have had and hope you have too! Last month we began our Independent Living Skills Workshops, and they have proven to be a huge success. In fact, we are planning two more for the month of October focusing this time on crockpot cooking. We also had an amazing experience at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Million Dollar Quartet production. Much thanks to Arts Access and Cape Fear Regional Theatre for allowing us to use their assistive technology to better experience the performance. We also had a great time at Patriot Theatres watching “Sully” with their assistive technology equipment. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the message!

We have so many activities and educational opportunities planned for October, so please read on below to learn about all that will be going on to assist our blind and visually impaired.

But first, a note from our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

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Welcome, Fall!!! October is Blindness Awareness Month. During this month think about how you would adapt if you were blind. Take about 3 minutes to think about it. Most people are not born blind. 80% of our Center members have had sight and lost it due to genetics, stroke, brain trauma, car accidents, diabetes, etc. It could happen to any of us. Blindness Awareness Month was designed to help people to understand the realities of living without sight. Think about dressing daily, going to a restaurant, shopping, brushing your teeth, cooking, etc. The things we just automatically do with no thought. The people we serve don’t think about it–they live it. Come out and volunteer with us. Make a difference in the life of someone who is visually impaired or blind. We NEED you!!

We have had some AMAZING things happen this month. A new endowment, “The Pay it Forward Endowment for Vision Impaired Youth” of $10,000.00 was started by an anonymous donor. Endowments are GREAT. It means depending on the stock market every year, we get the interest from the gift annually. No applications, no presentations, just an annual gift. Please give to either of our endowments to ensure the VRC continues to be a blessing to the blind and visually impaired in our community. Our other endowment is “The Friends of the VRC”. Consider your gift of any amount.

Thanks again to Communicare and Cumberland County for allowing us to use their meeting room for our September events. And remember, our “Out of Sight” Dining Tickets are on sale Tuesday, November 1st. Come out and experience this “Eye” opening event. It’s the same great event, different venue, and different date, BUT guaranteed a GREAT time and benefitting a WORTHWHILE cause! Musical artists, Soul Decree; Event Artist, Jamie Peterson out of Washington DC (the finished artwork will be a part of our live auction)thepaintedlensdc.com; Christopher Duffley, 15-year-old blind singer and motivational speaker from New Hampshire will be there to inspire us all www.christopherduffley.com; and we have an AWESOME Host for the evening… Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg of WFCN. Join us!!!

Until next time,

~Terri

New Additions to Our Services:

barber-shop2We have an excellent new service coming! Bee’s Mobile Barbering Service will be helping us starting this month. Mobile Barber Bernard Webb will be offering haircuts at an affordable rate of $10 per cut. And he will come to you! Please call the office for more details and to schedule.

We are also pleased to announce that we have a new
referral source for home help. We want to welcome Alice Shultz as a referral source to VRC. This will allow our blind and visually impaired to get the assistance they need in their day-to-day lives in their home. Please call the Center with questions.

And we welcome our new driver, Debra Hunt; she comes to us with lots of experience and many ideas. Our adults love her already !!!!

Calendar and Events:

Oct. 7: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 10:30- 2:30 pm. Come to a special time of learning with Amber going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs.This time, we will focus on crockpot cooking. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!
Oct. 8: WIDU Anniversary. This all day event will be at the Crown Coliseum and will be full of Gospel music. Tickets are free–the only cost is transportation. Please let us know if you want to attend.

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Oct. 11: Patriot Theatre 14: 11 am. Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville.

Oct. 12: Farmers’ Market and lunch: 10- 1 pm. Join us for an outing to Raleigh to check out the State Farmers’ Market. *We still need volunteers for this outing. Call us at the office to help! Then we will be attending a Special Cooking Program featuring MasterChef winner and blind chef, Christine Ha. This free program will involve cooking demos, food samples, and door prizes. Please let us know if you would like to attend!

Oct. 13: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s’ goal. Come out and volunteer with us! 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville
vip-fishing-logo-300pxOct. 17-19: VIP Fishing Tournament, Outer Banks, NC courtesy of the Lions Club. This includes a three-night stay, six meals, fishing and educational workshops. First come, first serve! Call the center to sign up!
Oct. 18: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
Oct. 19: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.
Oct. 21: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 10:30- 2:30 pm. Another opportunity this month to participate in a special time of learning with Amber. We will be going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs.This time, we will focus on crockpot cooking. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!
TokayOct. 25: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
Oct. 27: Family Meeting: 11-1. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting at the Gilmore Center from 11 am to 1 pm.
Oct. 29: Join us for an outing to the Hubb’s Corn Maze in Clinton! We will leave the Center at 4:00.m. and return to Fayetteville at 8:30 p.m. after the Campfire and Smores.

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SAVE THE DATE!

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One of our biggest fundraising events of the year the 5th Annual “Out of Sight” Blindfold Dining will be held on Friday, November 11th, Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Ave. 6:00-10:00p.m. ! Please contact us at the office at (910) 483-2719 to become a part of this special annual event for the VRC. Tickets available starting November 1st. Please call the office for more details! Thanks to our Sponsors: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel, Business Equipment, and The Fayetteville Observer, our Gold Sponsors for the event.
Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.

Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org.

Follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.
LIKE US!!!

Please follow this blog and make a habit of commenting and sharing! We love your feedback and want to work the hardest that we can on providing the best of resources to the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

September Events and Calendar at VRC

September is here, can you believe it?!? Fall is fast approaching and the school year is just beginning, but activities at the VRC have not slowed down. We have so much we want to share about what’s going on in September. Hold onto your hats–it’s about to get BUSY! Come out and join us!

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The VRC Youth went to see the Carolina Panthers at the beginning of the month. We had a blast!

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We can’t say thank you enough, but we’ll try! 

We want to thank Communicare’s Executive Director, Sarah Hallock and the Cumberland County Manager, Amy Cannon for the use of their facility last month for our Family Meetings. We had over 45 blind and visually impaired in attendance as well as their family members, making it one of our biggest family meetings ever. We also want to send a HUGE thank you to Leola Johnson, Dorothy Harris, Johnnye Mae Merkerson for planning and preparing lunch for all who attended the meeting. You, ladies, blessed us with your preparations and your awesome attention-to-detail in planning a lunch for so many! Your generosity touched our hearts!

Big News!

Our much anticipated Independent Living Skills Workshops with Amber Crider will kick off this month! We have one class scheduled for September 9th, and another scheduled on September 23rd. Class schedule 9:30- 2:30 and are available for the first (10) to sign up. We can’t wait to get this program rolling and the get the feedback from the first two groups. Call the center to get scheduled. We couldn’t have done this without funding from Chive Charities and the Walker-Florez Group. The class will be at no charge to the attendees; they will prepare their lunch utilizing electric skillets as part of the workshop!

Mark Your Calendars!

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One of our biggest fundraising events of the year the 5th Annual “Out of Sight” Blindfold Dining will be held on Friday, November 11th! Please contact us at the office at (910) 483-2719 to become a part of this special annual event for the VRC.

 

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“My ‘Aha Moment’ for the month of August: We needed another driver for transporting our visually impaired to their daily activities, and since I have not hired one yet, I have to drive. Driving means picking up and dropping off our people as well as serving as their eyes for the event. Well, I didn’t want to drive with all the daily demands of being an Executive Director…a slew of extra responsibilities that many cannot imagine. I drove and had an Aha Moment. I was supposed to drive to hear the laughter, to feel the compassion, to see those less visually impaired, help those that are blind or vision loss is worse, and to listen to the compliments of what the program means to them from the heart. The Aha reminded me why I am here and why it is so important. I was glad I was able to drive.
Please come out and volunteer, you WILL make a difference in the lives of our visually impaired.

Summer Wrap-Up: It was a great summer for the adults and kids. The adult’s thank the Massey Hill Lions Club afforded the adults the opportunity to attend Camp Dogwood, a week-long summer camp outside of Charlotte where they enjoy boating, canoeing, shopping, games, socialization and many other camp activities. The kids had a great two (2) week summer camp, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Ellington White, Camp Rockfish, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Thanks, Summertime Kids (CCF), Youth Growth Stock Trust, Chive Charities and our local trusts, we could not do it without you. What an AWESOME summer!!

We’re looking forward to an outstanding fall. Call the office to sign up to volunteer with us–then I want to hear your Aha Moments too!’

~Terri

Happening in September:

Sept. 1: Carolina Panthers’ Game! 7:30 in Charlotte. We are taking seven youth to enjoy a Panther’s game live and in-person.14199553_1038822162903939_4756465644888085574_n

Sept. 5: Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 6: J.D. Fuller: 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

Sept. 8: Cape Fear River Boats Tour: 10:30- 2 pm. We’ll be taking our adults on a tour of the Cape Fear River on a real river boat! Call the center to sign up! (910) 483-2719img_7859

 

Sept. 9: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 9:30- 2 pm. Come to a special time of learning with Amber going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!

Sept. 10: Youth Outing! Horseback Riding at Kopper Top Life Learning Center in Liberty, NC. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared to make some new equine friends!

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Sept. 13: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 14: Farmers’ Market and lunch: 10- 1:30 pm. some-of-the-great-produceJoin us for an outing to Raleigh to check out the State Farmers’ Market. *We still need volunteers for this outing. Call us at the office to help!

Sept. 15: Million Dollar Quartet Play: Arts Access of our Raleigh will have devices on hand to visualize the play as it’s occurring on the stage. These audio-described performances are similar to what we experience when we go to the movies in Fayetteville as a group.

Sept. 20: Patriot Theatre 14: 11 am. Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville.

Sept. 21: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

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Sept. 22: Family Meeting: 11-1. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting in the Communicare building.

Sept. 23: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 9:30- 2 pm. Come to a special time of learning with Amber going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!

TokaySept. 27: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 28: Bingo: 10-12, in the Communicare building

Sept. 29: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

ON THE HORIZON: October is Blind Awareness Month! So make sure to look for the activities we will include to bring awareness to our blind and visually impaired.

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SAVE the DATE: 2016 “Out of Sight” Dining Event!!!!

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VRC Spotlight: Khalil Middleton

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Khalil Middleton is a Veteran of the US Army and Air Force, recently began his loss of sight journey but has been very instrumental in starting an important ministry for us the mobile barber program. Khalil had been having problems getting to a barber and is unable to cut his hair himself due to the vision impairment. We commend Khalil on his vision. Bernard Webb is now our mobile barber, and we are so excited about this new program. The ladies are coming next. Stay tuned.

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.
Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org.

Follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well. LIKE US!

Please follow this blog and make a habit of commenting and sharing! We love your feedback and want to work the hardest that we can on providing the best of resources to the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

VRC August Events and Newsletter

 

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Learning the finer points of surfing with Ocean Cure at Carolina Beach last month.

 

We have had the best summer at VRC! Just this past month we picked up four new clients, which is awesome. We’ve had the greatest adventures and learning experiences and look forward to even more this August! Because camp is coming!!!!

Last month our blind and visually impaired had a great experience learning to surf. It was outstanding! We also had a Farmers’ Market excursion that everyone loved! And we had the largest family meeting we have had in a long time with 40+ in attendance to learn what their family members are doing with us and how they can help the VRC.


Summer Camp is THIS MONTH….!!!!summer camp

Thank you to all of our volunteers who will be helping us. Our youth camp is August 1-5 and then August 8-12. We’re calling it our “Out of Sight Camp Explosion.” We know our youth are guaranteed to have a ball!

Our adults will be heading out to Camp Dogwood for the first week of August, and we want to thank the Massey Hill Lions Club for making summer camp possible for the 20 adults who will be heading out to the Lake Norman area for an exciting week of fun and learning. We could not do this trip without you!

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N.C Lions Camp Dogwood

Also, go ahead and mark your calendars NOW for our “Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining” fundraiser which will be held on Friday, November 11th! This unique dining experience will help you truly understand the lives of our blind and visually impaired as you partake of a meal without the assistance of your vision. It is a truly teachable moment in time, but with a lot of fun and laughter thrown in! Tickets are $75 for a dinner that starts at 6pm and lasts until 11 pm. There are also sponsorships available we would love for you to be a part of the successful event. Reserve your table and seats TODAY. It will be another sell out this year. Please contact our Office Manager Aix Worrell at our office to get your tickets soon! (910) 483-2719.

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

Terri ThomasWe thank Ocean Cure, a nonprofit that gives kids with any disability the ability to surf. It was such a fantastic day, our children went to Carolina Beach and rode the waves on a surfboard. Laci told me, ‘Ms. Terri, I want to surf competitively.’ And I said to her, “Why not?” I love that our kids push the limits. Many sighted have never attempted surfing, and our children LOVE it. The Ocean Cure crew treats our children like royalty and provide a safe and encouraging environment. The VRC is making a difference with kids and adults in our community. We need the community’s help to keep the wheels of progress turning at our Center, so please come out and support our 5th annual “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining experience. Don’t be afraid of the blindfold: try it, take it off, and think about why you took the blindfold off. Then consider what you would do if you could not have taken it off. The VRC is here in the community for those that cannot take the blindfold off. Chive Charities just awarded us $25,000.00 to keep the wheels rolling, for summer camp for our youth, purchasing Amazon Echoes and aiding in the expansion of our independent living skills programming. They look out for nonprofits that that need more exposure, and we thank Chive for believing in our Mission.  And you can help us too! In fact, please consider in helping if you feel led with some of our current needs listed below:

Independent Living Skills Classes we need…..
Instructors $80.00/hr
Crock Pots $20.00
George Foreman Grills $25.00
Electric Skillets $20.00
Canes $15.00
Sunglasses $10-$15.00
Cooking Supplies $50.00/class
Amazon Echo(s) $169.00
Bump Dots $5.00 (used to mark the cooking appliances in class and at home)
Rental space to hold classes (donation) twice a week for 2-hour sessions
Braille instructor $20/hr
Color identifier $130.00 each

We want to make a stronger presence in Cumberland County. Help us by spreading the word that we are here for the blind and visually impaired, be a volunteer, or help us to provide independent living skills to our population.

All the Best,

~Terri
Happenings in August:

August 1-6: Camp Dogwood (Adult trip)

August 1-12: Youth Out of Sight Camp Explosion!
Week 1: 

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Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

8/1: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11:00am and Ellington White 1-3:30pm
8/2: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11 am, “Eat Smart, Move More” 11-12 and Ellington White 1-3:30pm
8/3: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11:00 am, “Eat Smart, Move More” 11-12, and , Ellington White 1-3:30pm
8/4: Camp RockFish 9–3:30pm
8/5: Camp RockFish 9-3:30p.m.

 

Week 2:

 

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Cape Fear Regional Theatre

8/8: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/9: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/10: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/11: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/12: Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) 9-1:00p.m. , CFRT PERFORMANCE 2:00p.m.

 

Saturday, 8/13: JORDAN LAKE TRIP! Leave 9:30am, Lake 12-4pm, Return 6:00pm

Aug. 16: Patriot Theatre 14. 11 am. Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville.

Aug. 17: Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Aug. 18: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Aug. 23: Paralympic Summer Experience Day: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. paralympic sport club The Fayetteville Paralympic Sports Club is offering Archery, Boccia, and Goalball in the setting of a Paralympic Experience. Come with us! Massey Hill Recreation Center, 1612 Camden Road, Fayetteville.

Aug. 24: Bingo at Communicare Building. Let’s see if luck is on your side and you win a nice prize!
Aug. 25 : Family Meeting from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.

Aug. 30: Tokay Fitness Center: TokayFrom 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Aug. 31: 10 am. Join us for a Dollar Store day to shop and then go out to lunch!

On the Horizon:

One of our biggest fundraising events of the year is our “Out of Sight” Blindfold Dinner. We will need your help with sponsorship as well as silent auction items. Please contact us at the office at (910) 483-2719 to become a part of this special annual event for the VRC. More information coming soon!

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VRC July 2016 Calendar and Events

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Taking a break for a quick picture on our Washington, D.C. trip!

The lazy days of summer don’t exist here at the Vision Resource Center! In fact, it’s one of our busiest times. Not only did we take an outstanding trip to Washington, D.C. mid-June, but we also added 5 new members to serve just in June alone. Things here have been rocking, and we have all of our supporters and hardworking volunteers to thank for this!

Speaking of Thank you’s….

We want to send a hearty thank you to The Cumberland County Commissioners for allowing us to receive money in the 2016-2017 budget as a nonprofit that serves health and human services. We truly value being able to grow and assist even more of the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County in a variety of creative ways, and your support enables us to do just this.

Thank you also to the Arts Council for helping to fund our EPIC Washington, D.C. trip on June 22-23. This was the first time we had taken our group on a trip like this, and it was an absolutely enriching experience for all involved. We also can not thank our volunteers that traveled with us and helped on the trip enough. We have a special shout out from all who attended to DJ Shaymix Entertainment for the great music and laughs on the bus. We had so much fun with you!

Lastly, we want to thank United Way for continually supporting our programs and development of those that we serve. We could not do any of the good we do without you.

Summer Camp is COMING….  we need youth mentors (volunteers) starting at age 14 and campers ages 6-19. Dates: August 1-August 12th Out of Sight Camp Explosion.. Guaranteed to have a ball…

VRC Summer Camp Flyer 2016

 

Welcome to our new Office Manager, Alix Worrell!Headshot

Alix has already settled in and is doing so much to help us stay organized as well as helping with our programming. We are so happy she is here and look forward to great things. We thank her for her heart for the people that we serve and for volunteering with us as well! If you need assistance in any way, call her at the office at (910) 483-2719 as well as to RSVP for events.

 

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas: Terri Thomas

The DC trip was AWESOME; we had (24) visually impaired participants and (10) volunteers attend.  We visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Smithsonian, American History Museum, Changing of the Guard in the Arlington Cemetery, etc.  All the places you go to see while in DC, however, this time for me was different.  I got a chance to witness how people with little or no vision experience history.  It was soul moving to watch the tears as the veterans walked up to the Lincoln Memorial and listened to the clatter of the shoes, movement of the rifles and sound of TAPS during the changing of the guard.  The touching of the quotes at the MLK Memorial while reading aloud.  The laughter.  Many admitted they didn’t want to come because they couldn’t see, but I promised them the tours would take them into consideration. They admitted on the way home; they are so glad they came. The trip reminded me of why I am in my position and thankful that I help to make a difference, making the world better for someone else. AMAZING (sums it up in one word). The VRC again thanks our County Commissioners; we had (25) of our participants to come out and support Alvin Ricks as she spoke to the Commissioners during the budget meeting as to why to fund us and we took (35) down to thanks the Commissioners after their decision.  The county’s support is so important to our organization it will help us in reaching more of our visually impaired in our community.  Our group knows the importance of gratitude and appreciation. We THANK all our supporters and volunteers; we COULD NOT do it without them.  Happy July!

~Terri

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Coming Up in July:

July 5: J.D. Fuller. 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

July 7: Join us for a trip to not one but TWO Farmers’ Markets! t-and-t-farmers-market-570834We will head out from VRC at 10 am and enjoy lunch along the way. Come enjoy picking out produce and talking to the friendly staff at both Rielly Road Farmers’ Market (445 N Reilly Road, Fayetteville) and at T&T Farmers’ Market (3755 Cumberland Road, Fayetteville). Lunch at Fayettegrill (4582 Cumberland Road, #114, Fayetteville).  

July 12: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

July 14 : Family Meeting from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants.  Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.

July 17: Surfing Trip! 6:30 am to 4:30 pm. All youth may join us for a special surfing trip provided by Ocean Cure Foundation at Carolina Beach, NC. Check out their website at www.ocean-cure.org  Breakfast will be provided, and bring lunch money. RSVP at (910)483-2719. Spaces are limited!VRC Ocean Cure JULY 2016 REVISED (3) THE ONE

July 19: Patriot Theatre 14. 11 am. Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience.  4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville.

July 20:  Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.bowling vrc

 

July 26: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am Time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

 

July 28: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am We get the opportunity to go to Tokay and spend time at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

 

COMING SOON…

All VRC Youth: Make plans for August 15th to join us at a special YOUTH SUMMER EVENT! Saturday, from 11-3pm at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill, NC. We will take a private boat tour on a pontoon boat and arrive at a private island where the youth will learn how to paddle board and will then have a BBQ. Only 14 can attend due to the boat space, so reserve your spot now! Call (910)483-2719 to attend.VRC LAKE JORDAN

Also make sure to plan for our Paralympic Training coming up on August 23rd! More details coming soon!rio logo

VRC Spotlight: Johnnye Merkerson

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Johnnye Merkerson, pictured here (left).

Johnnye has a ZEST for life.  She attends most all activities at the VRC.  During the trip back from D.C. she gave a little speech, here were a few of her best words…. ” I so appreciate the volunteers and the members of the families that came to help us, it is so hard to find good volunteers and each of you treated us as if we were your family, and it means so much.” ~Johnnye Merkerson.

Always helping others that are less sighted than she.  She is an AMAZING woman and the Center loves all the energy that she brings.

 

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VRC: June Calendar and Events

We can’t say thank-you enough, but we’ll keep trying!

Thank you OUT of sight

The Out of Sight Wing Fling on May 7th was phenomenal! We can’t thank all of the sponsors and competitors enough for such an outstanding event. We raised $5,000 that will go towards our programming for independent living skills for our blind and visually impaired. We are just thrilled at this and how much this will enable us to enrich lives this summer and the rest of the year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts–we are already looking forward to next year!

We also want to thank The United Way for the Days of Caring crew for the event we attended on May 12th at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. It was an outstanding day, andIMG_20160512_101934243 we were particularly blown away by how much the volunteers knew about the garden and were able to educate our people on some things. They loved it; smiles were everywhere.

Many thanks also to all that came and helped with our May 22nd pool party for the youth at Camp Rockfish. Everyone had such a blast and enjoyed the time to get out in the sun and have our first swim of 2016! We, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to one of our youth, Michael McIntryre; he is moving to Ohio to help his mom take care of his grandmother. He is not only a participant but a mentor to our group.

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Summer Camp is COMING…. we need youth mentors (volunteers) starting at age 14 and campers ages 6-19. Dates: August 1-August 12th Out of Sight Camp Explosion.. Guaranteed to have a ball…

VRC Summer Camp Flyer 2016

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

WOW…..

We want to thank all our sponsors for helping us to make the 2016 “Out of Sight” Wing Fling a SUCCESS:

 

 

We could not have done it without our Board, Committee, Staff, Vendors, Walker-Florez Competitors, Judges ( Councilman Bobby Hurst, Motivational Speaker, Don Serate, Dave “The Print Guy” and Tiffany Whitfield), Entertainment, etc. If I left anyone out, charge my mind and not my heart. We could not have asked for a better day to spread the word and raise money for the blind and visually impaired in our community. Congratulations again to our winners, Mother Cluckers, People’s Choice Winners and Jay’s Crazy Chicken, Out of Sight Wing Winner by the judges.

Our participants asked for it, and they got it we are on our way to DC….!

We’ll leave on June 22 and return on June 23. It’ll be a packed and great experience with a tour of the Capitol Building, a White House Tour, 4 hours guided tour of DC on a bus, tram tour through Arlington Cemetery, Dinner and free time at the Smithsonian, all with a one night stay near DC. We are at full capacity with 34 adults attending this trip. Our participants are very excited, and we’re looking forward to facilitating more of these types of activities for our blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County. We can’t wait to take part and then share with you how this experience went!

Until Next Time,

~Terri

 
Coming Up in June:

June 7: J.D. Fuller. 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

 
June 9: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s’ goal.Come out and volunteer with us, you will have a blast and laugh a lot with us! 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville

June 13: Budget Meeting County Commissioners

June 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

June 16: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

June 20: County Commissioners Meeting

June 22-23: Washington D.C .Trip: We’ll meet at the CENTER on Wednesday, June 22nd at washington-dc4:30 am for our trip. If you need a pickup, you MUST be ready by 2:30 am. We will return on June 23. **This trip is only for the adults we serve**

June 28: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am Time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

June 29: Dollar Store and Lunch: 10 am. We will go shopping and then get lunch out. Come join us for a fun social outing.

June 30: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am We get the opportunity to go to Tokay and spend time at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

VRC Spotlight: Michael McIntrye

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Michael McIntrye has been a member of our Center for five years. He is 17 years old and attended Gray’s Creek High School. Mike is such a hard worker; he worked with Carlie C’s in Hope Mills in the meat department. His dream is to become a chef and own his restaurant on a farm, where all the products used in the restaurant will come from that farm. Mike is leaving us to help his mom take care of his grandmother, but we love him and will miss him a lot. He helped all the youth whose visually impairment was worse than his own; his never complained and helped out ALWAYS… We’re gonna miss you, Mike…

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Our group had a PHENOMENAL time completing art classes at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens last month. We look forward to more of these! 

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