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County thanks Sunny D for donations

From left, Gayle and Jerry Beddingfield, Pam McBride, Jason Harden, Kevin Singletary, Tori Strawter-Tanks, Jeff Turner, Andrea Hogue, Angie Burda, Joy Hutcherson, Tanya Mouran and Holly Adams. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

From left, Gayle and Jerry Beddingfield, Pam McBride, Jason Harden, Kevin Singletary, Tori Strawter-Tanks, Jeff Turner, Andrea Hogue, Angie Burda, Joy Hutcherson, Tanya Mouran and Holly Adams. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

JONESBORO — Even though it was overcast and cool Thursday, it was a sunny day at Kinship Care Resource Center.

Representatives of Sunny D, the popular juice drink, were recognized by Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner and other county officials for the company’s donations to agencies that serve kids.

Rainbow House, a shelter for abused and neglected children, was represented by Executive Director Holly Adams and child development worker Tanya Mouran.

“We’re able to give our kids juice every day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks,” said Adams. “It’s a huge help for us since we operate with such a tight budget.”

Angie Burda of Kinship Care agreed.

“We’ve got 100 to 150 kids coming here for nine weeks of summer camp,” she said. “We have kids here for after-school programs, too. They get juice every day.”

The partnership was created by Jerry and Gayle Beddingfield of Rex, who lost their daughter to an accident several years ago. Since her death, they have devoted themselves to doing what they can to keep her memory alive through service to others.

That foundation was recognized by Turner, who presented Sunny D officials with a proclamation.

“This would not be possible without the Beddingfields connecting with y’all,” he said. “We’re very grateful you did. We appreciate the efforts of the Beddingfields and treasure the fact that y’all are citizens of Clayton County.”

The accolades were accepted by Sunny D operations leader Jason Harden, and company leaders Kevin Singletary, Andrea Hogue and Pam McBride. Joy Hutcherson of Kinship Care and Clayton County Senior Services Interim Director Tori Strawter-Tanks also attended the brief ceremony.

Clients of Secur’Us House, the county’s domestic violence shelter, also benefits from the juice donations.