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Kennedy Home decorated for the holidays

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) - The Kennedy Home is a special place dedicated to Christmas Past.

It's all decked out for the holidays as part of a decades-long tradition being upheld by the Baptist Children's Home in Kinston.

"This home was gifted to Baptist Children's Home in 1914," said Chris Allabaugh, Director of Residential Services. "It was originally owned by Mr. William Lafayette Kennedy and his wife Emily Hardee Kennedy. They were unable to have children of their own. So as they got older in age, they gifted the home and land to be a refuge for kids who were in need."

Each year around December, the home is decorated to share the gift that was given to them.

"There's a lot of work that goes into maintaining the home," said Allabaugh. "It is three floors. It is quite large."

Several of the downstairs rooms are decorated. The dining room is even set up for a dinner party.

Outside garland is wrapped around the banisters while wreaths hang on the front doors.

It's a lovely, nostalgic display.

However, management says this year the decorations are a bit paired down.

"Hurricane Florence caused flooding on our campus," said Allabaugh. "It caused damage to a number of buildings including where the children live."

The homes were still recovering from Hurricane Matthew when Florence hit.

The Kennedy Home is open for tours.

To schedule one, call the administration office.



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