Pastor Linda Trowbridge, senior pastor of Bethany Park Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Rantoul, IL blesses one of the many guide teams attending The Top Dog 2013 Blessing of the Guides. Thanks again to Georgia Guide Dog Users, and Guide Dog Users of Florida for joining with us to make Top Dog Savannah a tail-wagging success! Dixie Land was responsible for assisting in planning, audio, music/entertainment, pastors for The Blessing as well as purchase of the token coins given out at this event. We’re happy to announce that Top Dog is coming home to Charleston, SC in 2015! Plans are under way for another down-home, southern weekend filled with food, fun, fellowship and furries! Check back soon for more details!
Top Dog 2013 marked the debut of a very special song, written by Dixie Land officer Laurel Jean. “The Blessing of Your Love” is a heartwarming musical tribute to the love shared between guide dogs and their handlers. You can hear a sample of the song and check out Laurel Jean’s “Celebrate” CD on her Albums Page.
Our President Audrey Gunter and guide Jessie address the Girls In Action of Fort Johnson Baptist Church, Charleston James Island, SC as part of Dixie Land’s Paws 2 Educate Initiative. Our thanks to the Girls In Action and the Seniors of Fort Johnson for making Dixie Land GDU and Music By Laurel Jean part of their schedules, and for their generous financial sponsorship toward the continuation of our work in the community.
Cub Scouts of Goose Creek, SC take time to connect the dots to the Braille code. Our visit to Goose Creek helped these young Scouts as they learned about the importance of being kind to others.
Thanks to Bill and Debbie Craig, parents of Dixie Lander Shelby Craig, for sending this picture of Shelby at Space Camp. This young lady is not about to allow her blindness to stop her from reaching for the stars!
Thanks also to Bill and Debbie for sending this picture, taken at our outing for pizza and a visit to the Dock Street Stage, part of our Keeping Families Focused Initiative. A big thanks to the Dock Street Stage for providing the tickets which helped make this fun evening possible for Dixie Landers and family members.
Our Immediate Past Vice President, Taylor Jones Stebbins, joins youth in a drama presentation as part of the Worship Arts Camp hosted by Grace United Methodist Church, Charleston, SC. Our thanks to Grace UMC for being so open to giving God’s outa sight kids the same opportunities to minister in the Body of Christ with all other members.
Finally, just in, we had to share this from Dixie Lander Ann Humphries and her guide Brego in Columbia, SC as they visit with Santa Claus, or is that “Santa Paws?”
2014 is already proving to be an exciting year. Check back often for posts, and updates on how you can get involved. Thanks to our Dixie Landers and friends, especially the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Charleston, SC, for your ongoing prayers and support! Together, we really can make the world a better place!