The Smith Family's Giving Riley Morningstar

Patricia and O'dell Smith preparing to begin mission work in Brazil for four years in 1958.

For well over half of a decade, the Smith family has been involved in whatever community they are in to make an impact on those in need. My late grandparents instilled these values into their children at an early age to lead them to give back in their own ways as adults. My mother has worked at the American Heart Association, United Way, and now the YMCA.

The breezeway inside the Judson Community Center YMCA.

On the cutting floor of this project was the fact my grandfather was apart of a group that brought the first ever YMCA to Avery County, North Carolina.

"I wanted find a way to honor my father through my work, and the YMCA has allowed me to do that in 2017," said Carrie Morningstar.

While I'm at a different point of my life in terms of career path and goals, I still realize how important it is to be aware of those less fortunate around oneself. In recent years, I've spent summers at Salkehatchie mission service, Meals on Wheels, and volunteering with United Way to pitch back in to those in need. I'm very thankful for my mother and her parents for these core values and laying healthy roots for this family.

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