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Clockwise from far left: During the Boots on the Ground prayer walk at Creekwood in December 2016, Pastor James Jamison and his team pass a memorial for the young man who was killed in the September shooting. Food is served at Houston Moore in January 2016. Jamison fries chicken in December. Children at Creekwood enjoy their hot dogs and fries. “We came back immediately,” Jamison says. “We wanted them to know you can’t run us off.” That’s the foundation Jamison laid when he and others began Boots on the Ground with the Wilmington Police Department half a dozen years ago. Other organizations come and go. Boots doesn’t. “The overarching feeling of everyone that was here that day was … we need to be back,” says Courtney Burrell, Scott’s wife. “If we walk away that’s the worst thing that could ever happen. We were con-cerned 31 Boots on the Ground holds an outreach the first Saturday of every month, year-round, rain or shine. They always walk the perimeter of the neighborhood in prayer while picking up trash, and grill and serve a mountain of hot dogs with chili and just-fried french fries. Along the way they interact with children, distribute hugs and love, and pray for all comers. The outreaches rotate between the public-housing communi-ties; one month they might go to Houston Moore, the next to Creekwood, the next to Hillcrest. The group’s October outreach was scheduled for Hillcrest, but they readily rescheduled to Creekwood. about the people that live here, about the children and what they might have seen.” www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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