Kindred Spirit Mailbox in Our State Magazine

kindred-spirit-mailbox our state magazineWhen Our State Magazine wanted to interview local author Jacqueline DeGroot and mailbox co-founder Frank Nesmith, they thought it was a great idea. Dates and plans were made for interviews and photo shoots, but everything changed when Tropical Storm Ana hit.

The storm, which was not expected to do much damage to the coast, hit the west end of Sunset Beach and hit where it hurt most. The storm washed away a great deal of the dunes, bent the flagpole, ripped away the flag, and the mailbox and bench that sat in front of it were taken out to sea. Volunteers found the mailbox and bench in a nearby jetty and dragged them back to the area. And more volunteers, headed up by Jacqueline DeGroot, organized a repair effort. All was right again at the mailbox.

Katie Quine from Our State Magazine came back a few weeks later and did the interview, this time on Frank Nesmith’s front porch. Click on the link below to read the article.

 

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The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is Fixed!

A group of volunteers have repaired the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island in Sunset Beach, NC. The mailbox was washed away during Tropical Storm Ana. The Mailbox post (the original post that has been there for over 35 years) was knocked into the ocean by strong winds; the bench, donated anonymously (the donor was later revealed -see here), was also sent adrift in the storm. And the flagpole that marks the somewhat hidden spot was bent and the flag was lost.

The bench and mailbox were found in the jetty a few hundred yards away, luckily still in tact. They were brought ashore and returned to the area. After a few days of rallying volunteers, a group headed up by local author Jacqueline DeGroot set out to fix everything damaged in the storm. Armed with shovels, post-diggers, and a lot of spirit, they fixed it all in a few hours time. The storm might have tried to take the mailbox away, but the Kindred Spirit belongs at Sunset Beach.

If you can’t make it to the mailbox, you can leave your message on the virtual Kindred Spirit Mailbox notebook. To leave your entry visit www.TheKindredSpirit.net

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Kindred Spirit Mailbox Damaged in Tropical Storm Ana

Bird Island NC Sunset Beach North CarolinaTropical Storm Ana seemed like a mild storm, but it seems that Bird Island received the brunt of it. The beloved Kindred Spirit Mailbox and a nearby memorial bench were washed away during the storm. A group dedicated to keeping up the mailbox quickly noticed that they were gone and combed the nearby beaches looking for them. They were found at the next jetty along the coastline.

It took several people and a couple of days but the bench and the mailbox were dragged back to their rightful spot on Bird Island. Just as they did in 2011, after Hurricane Isabelle, the friends of the mailbox are going to repair the damage done.

Volunteers are wanted to fix the landmark on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 8am. Volunteers can meet at the 40th Street Access on Sunset Beach, NC. All are welcome to help. If you have one handy, bring a shovel!

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is such a special part of Sunset Beach and it’s not going anywhere without a fight!

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