Carole Townsend: Helping Michelle Couch – A Call to Action

Grayson and her sister cities are communities of compassion and generosity. That kindness is often demonstrated by the city itself, as well as by her residents and business owners. When a need is made known, the people of these hometown cities answer, and they do so with graciousness and open-handedness. Compassion and empathy are woven throughout the tapestry of these strong communities; they have been built on a love of kinship.

12025371_10153699896441424_1730842623_nThose who have ever been involved in a local election (whether a candidate or a voter) know of an individual who embodies the spirit of compassion and selflessness. Civic organizations know of this woman. Community leaders, movers and shakers know of her. People who have been in great need know of her. When a community need has arisen, when public education was crucial to the progress of a city, this woman has been there to roll up her sleeves and do more than her part, without a thought for her own profit or advancement. The cities of Grayson and those who surround her are stronger because of this woman’s hand in their growth. The people are stronger because of her passionate devotion to the needs of others.

Today, Michelle Couch is in need. Recently diagnosed with a serious illness, Michelle is the unfamiliar position of being the one who needs the help. Her son Drew has stepped in and become the man that Michelle always knew that he would be. Her close friends have rallied around her, encouraging her, praying for her, and doing whatever they can to prop her up while she readies herself for what will surely be an arduous battle.

12025418_10153699851861424_1146376962_nIf anyone is equal to the task ahead, Michelle is. Her passion and spirit are well known to anyone whose life she has touched. If love and dedication were all that Michelle needed right now, she would have more than enough to see her through. She needs those, without a doubt, but there are also some very pressing needs, immediate and demanding, facing her. Now is the time for these communities, so dear to Michelle’s heart, to surround her and to show her that the years of dedication, commitment and selflessness have not gone unseen.

There are several ways to extend a helping hand to assist this remarkable woman. The cost of her medical treatment is great, and increases daily. Since she is unable to work during this trying time, she could use help with her monthly obligations. Financial donations, however large or small, will help her with these expenses. Once she is able to leave the hospital, Michelle and her family could use the community’s help by way of providing meals at home. With this assistance from the community, Michelle can focus on healing, and her family can dedicate the help and support she needs to that end.

“For it is in giving that we receive.”Francis of Assisi

How can I help?

  • 12021964_10153699855261424_583330133_nFrom 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 19, a bake sale will be held at Hail Mary’s Sports Pub in Grayson. Wrapped baked goods are needed (individually wrapped brownies, whole wrapped cakes, etc.), and of course those with a sweet tooth can come by and purchase some of the delicious treats. Volunteers are also needed to help sell the donated goods. All proceeds from the sale will go to Michelle. (Baked goods can be dropped off at Hail Mary’s after 11:00 am.)

  • A bank account for Michelle has been established at CSB Bank in Grayson. Financial donations can be made payable to Blake Hawkins, c/o Michelle Couch Fund.

  • Meals can be provided to the family by visiting
Carole Townsend is a Gwinnett author and freelance writer. She writes about family, from both a humorous and poignant perspective. Her newest book, MAGNOLIAS, SWEET TEA AND EXHAUST (July 2014, Skyhorse Publishing) takes a look at NASCAR from a Southern suburban mom’s perspective. She is currently writing her fourth book. Carole has appeared on local and national news and talk shows, including CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates. When not writing, she travels throughout the region, speaking to various civic and literary groups, and advocating for the health and well-being of the family, particularly women and children. For more information, visit

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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