News: From devil dogs to chickens and hogs
NEW BERN, N.C. - Two local Marines are waiting for their pigs to have piglets. As soon as the piglets are born they will send one to the Hubert City Fire Department.
This isn't anything new for Mark and Billie Hooper. The couple routinely donate farm fresh eggs to the fire department to distribute to families in need and chickens to other charities.
The couple was recognized for their generosity and commitment to community and were named the New Bern Service Family of the Quarter at the New Bern Golf and Country Club, June 14.
"I love helping people," said Mark. "One day the roles may be reversed and we may need help. I believe you get back what you give out."
Giving away supplies from their farm isn't all the couple does. Mark and Billie donate their time and effort to volunteer at homeless shelters, the Havelock High School band and the Masonic Lodge.
Even though the Hooper's wrapped up their active duty service earlier this month, that didn't stop New Bern from recognizing their efforts.
The couple plan to stay in North Carolina with their two daughters and continue to give back to the local community.
The young couple said they will certainly stay busy. With more than 60 chickens, three horses, one goose, eight pigs, five dogs and a handful of ducks, Billie said their to-do list never runs out.
Mark said he can attribute their success as a family and their selfless service in the community to his wife.
"I owe everything to my wife, she's the reason this is all possible," said Mark. "She's the glue that keeps our busy lives together and running smoothly. Today is for her, not me."
Date Posted:06.15.2012 14:39
Location:NEW BERN, NC, US
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