Helping Hands, March 26, 2014

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PAT

OVERLIN

Volunteer with Growth Enterprises and AMIkids

Bio:

Native of Charlotte, N.C.

Resident of Hagley in Pawleys for 14 years

Barber for about 40 years and owner of Pawleys Island Barber Shop

Can you tell me about your volunteer work with Growth Enterprises?

Growth Enterprises in Georgetown is also known as the Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.

It is a place for adults with different special needs.

Some of them are in wheelchairs, some have birth defects, and some have Down syndrome.

I have dressed up as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and a dolphin for them.

I also help with the Special Olympics, the Hope Ball, and their Christmas party every year.

What do you like about volunteering there?

I like doing things to put smiles on people’s faces.

The adults I work with at Growth Enterprises never have a bad day.

They really touch your heart and they always have a smile on their faces.

No matter what you do, they are so lovable they melt your heart.

The Special Olympics is very important to me. With that event, everybody wins.

What do you do to help AMIkids?

Each year all of the volunteers go shopping for the boys at AMIkids.

Bob and Barbara Morin lead the volunteers and we have vouchers for clothing, socks and other things the boys want.

Then, we meet at the church and wrap all the presents.

We have a Christmas party for them and volunteers bake brownies and cookies, we eat and play games.

Then, I usually play Santa Claus.

It is so wonderful to give them presents and see their eyes light up, and they love hugs.

They all have a different story. Some come from places where their families have been separated, or there are drugs and alcohol in the family.

Some of them have never had a Christmas present.

What do you like about the AMIkids program?

It is a great program.

It reminds of boot camp.

They all say yes sir, no sir, wear the same color shirts and pants, and use manners.

A lot of them probably never had manners.

They do an awesome job. It is very well organized and they show them lots of discipline, but they show them love at the same time

What do you like about being a barber?

I like the people. They are from all walks of life.

In winter, I get snowbirds in addition to my regular customers.

I event cut Oliver North’s hair.

I like to see the world through my customers’ eyes.

If I can say something to my customers that makes a difference, that makes me happy.

I have had guys come back and say, “I remember when you told me so and so, I never forgot it.”

Can you tell me about your family?

My husband, Russell Overlinis, a paint contractor who owns Color Creations.

I have two sons.

Chad is a supervisor for Coastal Walls and Ceilings in Myrtle Beach. He lives in Conway.

Shane is disabled. He had a bad accident in 2007.

I have 10 grandkids, one I raised as a son.

Zachary is a junior at Coastal Carolina University focusing on nursing. He is an Eagle Scout who is planning to apply for medical school.

—As told to

Clayton Stairs

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