Watkinsville resident Kathleen McQuiston has created a GoFundMe page to help a family fix their roof that was damaged by a tree in Tropical Storm Zeta. 

The Bournes have lived in the house at 27 Third Street, which was once the first Baptist Church in Watkinsville, for 32 years. They currently don’t have insurance. 

The water oak in the front yard cracked and fell, then broke a second tree, thus damaging multiple roofs. 

The week of the election, Councilman Brian Brodrick urged citizens to come together for a bipartisan cause to help fellow neighbors. 

“Our level of care for our community should always top how much we care about national politics,” he said.

To contribute, visit GoFundMe.com and search for “Watkinsville Major Tree Damage.” 

“We are asking you to help our neighbors when they need it most,” McQuiston said. “Let’s pitch in to make a contribution.” 

Support Heart Association 

The Heart and Stroke Walk for Oconee, Clarke and Barrow counties is virtual this year on Nov. 19. The mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The goal is to raise more than $50,000. For more information, visit, 2.heart.org

Cancer survivors honored 

Like so many other nonprofits, the American Cancer Society has been forced to make difficult decisions while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

In lieu of a large gathering, this year’s Relay For Life of Oconee-Clarke will celebrate cancer survivors safely at a drive-thru event on Friday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center’s Oconee Health Campus.

“This event allows us to celebrate our cancer survivors and recapture a sense of community support while maintaining safety,” saidElaine Cook, director of community relations for Piedmont Athens Regional. 

“Relay For Life is all about togetherness,” said Ali Jackson, senior community development manager for the American Cancer Society. 

The drive-thru event will serve as the kick-off for next year’s Relay For Life activities. For more information, to volunteer or sign up for Relay For Life, please contact Ali Jackson at Ali.Jackson@cancer.orgor by calling (706) 543-2240.

OCAF art exhibit helps YWCO camp 

Between now and Nov. 20, an art exhibit at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation will feature 22 stools from the YWCO girls’ residential camp.

Oconee families can purchase the camp stools during an online silent auction benefiting the YWCO Summer Girls Club from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20 at biddingowl.com/YWCO.

Proceeds from the silent auction support YWCO Girls Club, an educational and recreational summer day camp for girls from low-income families.

YWCO CEO Kitty Meyran came up with the idea when it became apparent the YWCO would have to postpone its fall Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser due to COVID-19.  

Girls who attended YWCO Summer Camp have fond memories of the camp stools, which were brought back to Athens when the YWCO sold the camp in Habersham County. 

“These old stools hold so many of my sweetest memories, and they will be painted with all the love in my heart,” said artist Patti Smith.

For more information, call (706) 540-1356 or email bgalvin.ywco@gmail.com

Club sells salmon

The Rotary Club of Oconee County is selling wild Alaska salmon sold in five pound increments for $75. Pick up is Nov. 14. To reserve your salmon, email oconeerotary@gmail.com

Donate bikes 

The Oconee County Senior Center, Area Churches Together Serving and Keep Oconee County Beautiful are collecting used bicycles to give to children in need. Donations can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oconee County Senior Center.  The drive continues through Nov. 20. For more information, call (706) 769-3979. 

 For more on this story, see the Nov. 12 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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