“We serve at least 1000 people every month,” Every Child is Ours Founder Jan Paschal told a captive audience Monday at the Tuckerman Senior Center, next door to the Every Child is Ours building on Hwy. 67 in Tuckerman. “We couldn’t do it without your help and support.”
Paschal and her faithful volunteers and staff joined together with dozens of dignitaries, volunteers, and community members to celebrate five years of service to the Tuckerman community, Jackson County School District and the county. “We’re focused on our local school, but feeding people from eight communities now,” she said. “It’s just profound the needs we have here. So many people just don’t understand.”
As part of the celebration, Paschal invited the ASU Red Wolves to join them and see the work being done. “Some of the young men told me they’re going to come over during their free time,” she boasted following the ceremony with tears in her eyes. “They’re just so wonderful. They hugged me and told me they loved me and want to help.”
Former Governor Mike Beebe, affectionately called “Jackson County’s Governor” by Paschal, spoke briefly to the audience, thanking everyone for working and supporting the efforts of Every Child is Ours. “Work harder,” was his message, saying there is always more work to be done and more people to be reached. He complimented Paschal on her efforts, calling her pushy and determined, but demonstrating what her determination gets done. “She doesn’t stop. If someone local doesn’t get her what she wants, she calls the President. She’s going to get it done.” The audience laughed, because they knew it was true. The value of her persistence was seen in those she works with regularly.