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Jacksonville bluebirds helping those in need

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:23pm

All across the city of Jacksonville there are wooden bluebird whirligigs lining the streets. These bluebirds are hard to miss, they are bright and abundant; but what some people might not know is that these bluebirds of happiness have been handcrafted by a local man named Calvin Howell. Howell has been making whirligigs for years, in fact, his own home has an entire garden filled with his own creations.

It was not until recently though that Howell decided to use his craft to help those in need. Howell has been selling these bluebirds with the proceeds going towards a local Jacksonville non-profit, "Helping Others Pursue Enrichment", also known as H.O.P.E, an organization that helps those in need.

Howell did not choose this cause at random. KETK spoke with Howell, and he tells us that this organization is near to his heart because it has helped one of his own family members, saying, "My uncle was living next to H.O.P.E. there at Travis Towers for a year. He went and got hot meals from the folks there at H.O.P.E. for a year everyday and they didn't charge him a penny. This is my way of giving back and saying thank you to the community."

Howell tells us if you are interested in purchasing one of these bluebirds  you can do so by either contacting H.O.P.E. or by calling 903-316-9973.

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