Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Giving Back During the Holiday Season

Picture of the Week:

I enjoyed serving as Grand Marshal in the Snow Camp Christmas Parade last weekend. It was a beautiful day that allowed for me to see familiar faces and introduce myself to new ones as well. It was such an honor to be a part of this tradition!


I received thrilling news this past week regarding legislation, called the EARLY Act, that I introduced with Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). I learned on Tuesday that this bill passed the Senate and is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The EARLY Act is aimed at educating young women on the risks associated with breast cancer and equips them, and doctors alike, with the tools necessary to detect and prevent this disease from taking place. Click here to read my full statement.

Also this week, I had the opportunity to join Cisco at its 12th annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign. Together, we presented the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina with enough money to provide 2.5 million meals! It was a wonderful opportunity to join employees and volunteers to categorize and box food donations to send out. I hope you will take a moment to check out the video that ABC 11 put together on this event.

I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and family during this special time of year, and I wish you all a blessed holiday season.

Fayetteville VA Ribbon Cutting:

On Wednesday, I participated in the ribbon cutting for the Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s new modular building. This addition will  expand mental health services to our growing veteran population– something our community is in desperate need of. This facility will double the Fayetteville VA’s mental health capacity, which will improve patient care and provide much-needed support.


Giving Back:

After joining Cisco volunteers at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC (CENC) Tuesday, I was on hand for the presentation of a check for $463,746 from Cisco RTP campus to Food Bank of CENC. Pictured above is Cisco Site Executive, Ed Paradise, Food Bank CENC President/CEO Peter Werbicki, and Food Bank Board Chair, Barry Barker.


I enjoyed working with the wonderful Cisco volunteers at the Food Bank to sort donated food — some of which will make its way to 2nd District families in Chatham, Wake, Moore and Lee counties.


Joining Cisco volunteers working at the Food Bank CENC was a great way to highlight the importance of contributing and volunteering not only during the holidays… but all year round.


Snow Camp Christmas Parade:

I cannot think of a better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than by serving as Grand Marshal in the Snow Camp Christmas Parade.


Happy Holidays!