Coastal Treasures from the Topsail Island Treasure Coast is brought to you by Treasure Realty, the trusted local experts for real estate, vacation rentals, and long-term rentals. Today’s feature is about some of the ways to give back to Topsail through our giving of time, talent, and treasure.
“Treasures of Time and Talent” by Pat Fontana
Treasures abound in our Topsail Island and mainland communities! One of the many reasons our residents and visitors enjoy this area so much is because we have so many good people doing good things here.
Giving back to the sea
Volunteers dedicated to our beloved sea turtles staff the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, with a focus on helping injured turtles and educating the public about their life at sea. The island is not only an awesome place for people to live, it’s also a turtle sanctuary!
The turtle hospital, as it is affectionately known in this area, works for the “rescue, care, and release of sick and injured sea turtles, public education regarding the plight of sea turtles and the threat of their extinction, and learning opportunities for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and veterinary medicine from around the world.” You’ll probably meet some of the Turtle Patrol volunteers early on summer mornings, as they look for new nests of baby turtles that are common along the beach from mid-May through August.
Giving back to the island
The Greater Topsail Island’s history is a fascinating story that continues to be told, thanks to the good works of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. The society is “dedicated to the collection, preservation and promotion of the history of the Greater Topsail Island area” with the motto, “Preserving the Past, Enjoying the Present, Building the Future.”
A fascinating piece of our local history is housed in the Assembly Building, now owned by the Historical Society. The unique and historic Assembly Building, with its beautiful island setting, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the sound front at Topsail Beach. The building’s Missiles & More Museum highlights the government’s secret missile operation conducted on Topsail Island in the mid-1940s!
Giving back to the arts
Sneads Ferry is home to a treasure of theatre, directed and performed by volunteers. The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre puts on several productions each year, including a Readers Theatre production and a Main Stage production. Performing in Sneads Ferry since 2002, the volunteer group is “dedicated to providing theatre that entertains and enriches our community.” The actors and other volunteers share a love for the theatre as well as a love for their community.
Giving back to others
When others are in need, our community treasures are there to help. Share the Table in Hampstead has been feeding Pender and Onslow County residents since 2010. The organization, staffed by volunteers, hosts a free community meal, a food bank, and a summer backpack program. The kindness and generosity of residents and visitors enabled Share the Table to distribute 350,326 pounds of food in 2019.
Service organizations such as Surf City Rotary Club, Topsail Island Kiwanis Club, Coastal Pender Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club of Hampstead are also dedicated to helping others in our area. These long-established groups are focused on providing humanitarian services and serving the children in their communities. The Hampstead Kiwanis Park is a beautiful 82-acre treasure that was made possible by volunteers and the “generous spirit of the people in Hampstead.”
Good people doing good things
At Treasure Realty, we are proud of the work being done in our community for the theatre, for the island and the sea, and for others throughout the area. Many of our own staff contribute to these great causes, by giving of their time, talent, and treasure. As part of our continuing 30th anniversary celebration, we’ll be featuring some of these Treasure Realty team members and highlighting some of the way the company is giving back to our Island communities in upcoming posts!
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