Nexan steps up again for Good Hope families in need

Left to right are Eli Harris, Jacob Bailey, Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett, Crystal Carpenter, Christie Burrow, Lisa Hinkle, Rep. Corey Harbison are Christy Goens. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – For more than 10 years, the staff of Nexan Building Products in Good Hope has been giving back to its community by sponsoring children in need at Christmas. Seven years ago, the company began shopping for three families through the Good Hope Schools’ Christmas Love program. This year, eleven children from Good Hope Schools will have a magical Christmas thanks to the generosity of Nexan. 

Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett and Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope collected 11 giant boxes overflowing with games, toys, shoes, clothes, art supplies and other wish list items. City of Good Hope employees on Thursday helped load the flatbed trailer with all the goodies.

Good Hope school counselor Lisa Hinkle was present and grateful for Nexan’s support. 

“The kids are excited when they come back to school. I ask the kids about their Christmas and they tell me everything they got,” she said. “They are excited!”

The City of Good Hope bought food and helped collect donations for families in the Christmas Love program.

Bartlett explained, “The City bought 50 turkeys and we get all the gifts that people donate and give everyone a bag to take home.”

Hinkle added, “There are school clubs, the churches and the lunchroom staff who have chipped in and held food drives to make Christmas Love successful.” 

Locally-owned Nexan is the only Good Hope industry currently contributing to Good Hope Schools’ Christmas Love program. Nexan Office Manager Crystal Carpenter and other employees prepare and look forward to Black Friday shopping each year.

“It is so much fun! My husband’s nieces went with me this year,” said Carpenter. “We left Cullman at 7 p.m. Thursday evening and didn’t get home until 10 a.m. Friday morning. We shopped all night.”

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