A member of the Smithfield Town Council will donate two months of his salary to aid the efforts of town employees who want to help a local family in need this Christmas.
Councilman Travis Scott, who was sworn in to his second term on Dec. 5th, said he wanted to do his part. Scott announced during last week’s meeting he would donate his monthly stipend of $307.72 for two months to go to the family.
Scott who works full time for Johnston County EMS said, “I see people at work every day in crisis or in need. I grew up in a less fortunate environment. Anything I can do to help others I will. Christmas is an important time to help others.”
Town Clerk Shannan Parrish had previously identified a Smithfield family in need. All Smithfield town employees are being asked to offer a helping hand to the unnamed family, which includes a mother, father and their two young daughters.
In addition to buying toys for the two girls, town employees are also collecting diapers for the youngest child, household items, and clothing for the family of four.
Mayor Andy Moore complimented Councilman Scott on his salary donation.
“In the true spirit of Christmas, Councilman Scott’s donation was very thoughtful and generous,” Mayor Moore told WTSB. “I’m sure the family will be touched, and hopefully the gifts donated by the Town Smithfield will ease this family’s burden a little, and bring much joy during this special, but often stressful, time of the year. We have great employees and council members, who are always willing to give back to our community.”
Town Manager Mike Scott agreed. “I can certainly attest that all of our staff and department heads make the extraordinary, ordinary on a day to day basis. I know this family’s prayers have been answered in a small way… Our staff is like a large extended family that puts others needs first every day. Shannan is our organizer and is one of the most selfless persons I have had the pleasure to know and work with. It is great to be a part of all that takes place here every day.”
Town employees will be collecting items through next Monday, Dec. 18th. The gifts will be delivered to the family just in time for Christmas.