The old saying, "Charity begins at home", has special meaning for Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company (WEB) president and owner George Wooten. "We have been blessed and feel a real need to give back to our local community. We also are proud to sponsor several national and international charitable organizations and events."
Since sweet potatoes are so full of nutrition, they are an outstanding food to supply to local and national food banks. Through Amercia's Second Harvest, the company helps thousands of people annually get a healthy and delicious product. Feed the Children is another organization helping to make certain that the less fortunate children around the world get to enjoy healthy meals. Trucks carry donated products to locations as needed where local volunteers help distribute them to those in need.
The Society of St. Andrew is another national charitable organization the company supports. They have delivered truckloads of sweet potatoes to the local Raleigh, NC food bank to help those less fortunate.
Operation Blessing's international charitable work helps in so many ways. Feeding children and adults is just one part of their world-wide work, and by providing fresh, nutritious sweet potatoes, the Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company is making a difference in people's lives. During the 2005 hurricanes, they fed and helped thousands of victims in the Gulf Coast region by providing them with nutrituous food and clean, fresh water.
Another charitable cause Wooten believes in is Operation Christmas Child, which is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international organization. It brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good news of God's Love. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple hands-on missions outreach while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift. Along with shoe box gifts, millions of children are given Gospel booklets in their own language. Last year, over 7.6 million shoe box gifts were distributed world-wide in 95 countries.
Locally, Wooten and the Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company have provided the Columbus Christian Academy of Whiteville, NC, sweet potatoes for an annual fund-raising event. George's four children are graduates of this school, and to this day, George helps out where he can. Now in its 16th year, this event brings in over $10,000 in pure profit to the school each year. George donates over 15,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, packed in 10-pound cartons for the children to sell.
George Wooten's father, also named George, died when Wooten was seven years old. He remembers his dad as the greatest - an innovative and creative man. The elder Wooten had been a businessman in the equipment industry, so Wooten said it was inevitable that he ended up in the produce industry. He feels blessed to be able to provide such a nutritious product to people and truly enjoys giving back to the local and international community.
Among the charitable organizations and events Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company is proud to be associated with are: