A group of ladies in Walnut Cove, often referred to as the Caffeinettes, are making their community better one cup of coffee at a time.
Cheryl Lilly, Stacy Myers, Jessica Neal and Meredith Stevens meet each morning at Oma’s Coffee Shop and discuss the happenings of their small town.
“We’ve actually solved all of Walnut Cove’s problems, we’re just waiting for people to listen to us,” Lilly said with a smile, while sipping a warm cup of java hand delivered by friend and owner of Oma’s, Cathy Veenema. “We just want to see our community grow and improve. We think it’s making baby steps, but heading in a positive direction.”
Last week Lilly shared a popular Facebook post of a woman in Oklahoma who’d set up a “teacher tree” in a local bank and invited the community to donate school supplies and place them under the tree.
“The next morning, I asked the girls if they’d seen what I posted and we started talking about it,” Lilly said. “It didn’t take long for us to realize we could do the same thing in our favorite coffee shop.”
In a matter of days, the tight-knit band of friends approached a number of businesses in Walnut Cove who agreed to hang flyers and spread the word about the teacher tree.
“We know teachers end up purchasing school supplies for students, not because they have to, but because their students need it. We want to help them with that. If we can each give just a little bit, it could make such a huge difference,” she said. “And Walnut Cove is a giving community. All you have to do is ask.”
Lilly said anyone who comes into Oma’s Coffee Shop and makes a donation will have their name entered for a drawing and there will also be a separate drawing for teachers of Walnut Cove Schools.
School supplies, along with donations, will be accepted through the end of Sept.
“We hope this encourages other places in the county to do something similar.”
Oma’s Coffee Shop is located at 335 N. Main St. in Walnut Cove and open on Tues. through Fri. from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.