Blackville group cheers up family after loss of mother

  • Blackville Music and Art Festival members Terrance Washington (President), Bobby Harley (Vice-President), Chante’ Washington, Ethel Washington, Nancy Chisolm and Charmane O’Berry with the Lawrence family. Not pictured is member Lillian Harrison.

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time; however, the loss of a loved one can change that.

In the spirit of Christmas, the Blackville Music and Arts Festival Committee wanted to sponsor a child who was in the hospital to ensure they would have a Merry Christmas. They never imagined they would help six.

“Much to our surprise we were linked to a family that had suffered an enormous tragedy in the mist of the holiday season,” said the committee in a press release.

The committee learned about Angel Lawrence, a 30-year-old Waynesboro, Ga. mother who died of cancer three weeks before Christmas. Her husband Robert was left to provide Christmas cheer to their six children who range in age from 19 months old to 12.

The loss hit home for committee member Nancy Chisolm who lost her own mother, Margie Ann Lee, to cancer in 2013. That’s why the committee felt led to sponsor the entire family.

“Though Christmas gifts would not replace their mother, we hope it would help make their Christmas a little merrier and bright. Just the mere thought of someone else caring helped ease the father’s heavy heart and showed the true meaning of Christmas. The Blackville Music and Arts Festival Committee would like to thank the Lawrence family for allowing us to bless them during this time,” stated the release.

With the assistance of a nurse at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center in Augusta, Ga. a meeting was arranged for the family and committee members on December 23, 2015.

The committee thanks the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center and Ms. Mansion, an LPN, for being instrumental in arranging the meeting.

For more details about Blackville Music and Arts, contact committee president Terrance Washington at blackvillemusicandartfestival@gmail.com or bmafestival.com.