Sharing Miracles: Melissa Lee

By Leslie Moore

Sharing Miracles: Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee, Good Deed Goods

What would surprise people about you?

You won’t believe this – I know all the words to “The Streak,” by Ray Stevens! I love listening to my old record collection, mostly ‘70s music.

In this “Season of Miracles,” please tell us about a personal miracle in your life.

When Willie and I decided to start a family, it was very hard for me to carry a baby to term. After two miscarriages the doctor told me if I had another it would be almost impossible to have a full term pregnancy. We prayed for answers, and we were prayed over by our church family. Right after that, the doctor decided to run tests to see if they could figure out what was going on, and they couldn’t find anything wrong! A few months later, I became pregnant – and now I have four beautiful children.

If you celebrate Christmas, who puts up the tree?

We try to do it as a family, but it’s getting harder now that the children are growing up. I wish I could tell you it was a perfect Norman Rockwell-type gathering, but it’s usually chaotic and crazy – the picture in my head never matches reality! We put up two trees – one has all the kids’ ornaments and multicolored lights, and the other has white lights and the rest of our huge ornament collection.

What is your favorite holiday activity?

On Christmas Eve, we attend services at our church, and friends and family come over to visit. But, after everyone is gone, I read The Cajun Night Before Christmas and use my best Cajun accent! Then, I read The Christmas Story from the Bible. It’s our special tradition.

Tell us about the mission of Good Deed Goods. What do you enjoy most about your work?

I was at the Atlanta market, buying for the store, and at the same time Willie and my sons were in Guatemala building a house for a family in great need. I looked around at the market and saw such an abundance of goods – they have everything, while so many have so little — and I thought there must be a way to give back through my work. While this epiphany took over three years to become a reality, this October we finally launched Good Deed Goods in our store. The concept behind it is with every gift purchase we pledge to donate 10% to local, national, and international charities that make an eternal difference in people’s lives. I love knowing we are partnering with our customers to help make this world a better place. It’s only a little, but if we all do a little we could change the world.

I do all the buying for the store – I think we have wonderful merchandise. And I love being a part of Lee’s Inlet Apothecary. I grew up in a pharmacy; my father had Southside Pharmacy in Myrtle Beach.

This month, Good Deed Goods of the Apothecary is trying to do their part to help our local flood victims by hosting a Flood Relief Christmas Concert featuring Beth Moore’s praise and worship leader, Travis Cottrell. It will be held on December 11, at 7 pm in the Garden City Chapel. All proceeds go to those affected locally by the October floods. We hope everyone will come and pay the $20 donation to hear a great concert and help our neighbors.

Good Deed Goods is inside Lee’s Inlet Apothecary, located at 3579 Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Contact Melissa at 843-651-7979 or visit Hours are 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm on Saturday.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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