“I’m setting an example set by my parents. My father would go to mission houses and volunteer. My mom was very active in the community.” Cheryl Sledge said. She attributes her spirit of giving to her family. “When you see that kind of activism around you, it makes you want to get involved.”
Sledge is a member of the Crown Jewels Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The local chapter has been collecting coats for the Steve's Coats for Kids campaign with a mission to keep at least 40 children warm this winter. "We always focus on children. They are not responsible for the situation they are in." Sledge said. The Links is a volunteer service group committed to enriching and sustaining the culture and economic growth of the African American community.
For over 25 years, the service group has made efforts to help those struggling in the community “Our motto is friendship and service. I would like to see that every person has their basic needs met. No one should have to beg for basic needs that some of us take for granted.” Sledge said.
She encourages others to do the same. “You have to be open. We have to be willing to open our hearts and help others.”
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