Construction company donates BBQ to Advocates
by Jason Lowrey
Dec 21, 2013 | 1760 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Advocates for Children recently received a meal donation in the form of a barbecue dinner from Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse. The donation came from a new company operating in Bartow County, National Steel City, which is working at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen.

“They were having a luncheon, I think for their employees, and they got extra so there would be some to share with the children’s shelter,” said Advocates Executive Director Patty Eagar.

Although Advocates does often receive meal donations from local businesses, Eagar said it was special to receive a donation from a company that only recently began working in Bartow County.

“This is an amazing community for things like that. Particularly out of the blue, these people — who we didn’t even know — who found out what we do and decided to help us,” she said. “The usual suspects, we don’t take them for granted, but we’re not surprised. But when somebody new comes along, it’s really very, very special.”

Attempts to contact NSC Project Manager David Wood for comment on the donation were unsuccessful.

Johnny Mitchell said the company was looking to support a local charity after an employee dinner ended.

“They asked — they’re looking to be community partners — and they asked if there was a local charity that they would like to be involved in, and possibly feed since they were feeding their group,” Mitchell said. “We suggested the homeless shelter and the Advocates are two of our primary charities that we support, and they said, ‘Let’s do Advocates for Children; we’d love to do that.’

“... It’s great, you know. We love being part of the community and it’s so nice to see someone from a different state, even that’s doing business here, help take care of our local people. That was really nice.”

According to Carol Boatright, communications coordinator with Georgia Power, NSC is on site at Plant Bowen working on the baghouse project. NSC is providing the labor for the project, which is required for the plant to meet environmental guidelines by reducing the amount of mercury the plant emits. The project is expected to extend into spring 2016.

Those interested in donating to Advocates for Children can contact the organization at 770-387-1143 or visit