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BBQ Benefit At Ag Center For Children's Home
A barbecue event Saturday called "Hog Wars" benefits a home for children that local churches have embraced in an inspiring way.
The food and fun is at the Ag Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., raising money for the Kory Wawanaca Children's Home in Bolivia.
Where in the world is Bolivia? That's what Carrie Brown used to wonder. Now, it's her home away from home.
"It's in South America. It borders Columbia, Brazil, Peru," Brown says. She's the founder of the home. "There's some very intense needs in Boliva, where you're in a third world country."
"I think that God has used me there," she explains. "I think he can use us anywhere."
Local churches have made it their mission to support the home, which now has 23 kids.
George Pettus of Weaverville says after so many trips there, those youths are part of his family.
"And so it's such a blessing to the children and us as well, just a part of our lives," Pettus tells us.
It costs about $175,000 a year to keep the home thriving. But Pettus says it's worth every penny.
"By being part of those children's lives, we gave them hope," Pettus says. "Something that they didn't necessarily have until they had a home, which became a family to them. "
After reaching out from the mountains to South America, Brown says most people return home with a new perspective.
"But what I've seen is how this home has changed people's lives in Western North Carolina," Brown says. "It's has become part of who I am, my life's work."
Saturday's "Hog Wars" gives folks here in WNC a chance to support kids who badly need a beacon of hope.