Volunteers reason for successful fundraiser

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By The Staff

Calvin Miller doubted his faith just a little. Volunteers and organizers of the April 24 Family Promise yard sale were told if they raised $10,000, an anonymous donor would donate $10,000.

The volunteers worked hard to organize the yard sale. Representatives from 15 churches met once a week for six weeks to plan the fundraiser.

Miller, who is chairman of Family Promise, a network of local churches that provides homeless families with children food, shelter, clothing and counseling, was worried they couldn’t raise that much and thereby would lose that $10,000.

To help them reach that initial $10,000, volunteers asked businesses for contributions.

Miller really didn’t need to worry. It was a huge success. The yard sale brought in $11,000; the anonymous donor gave $10,000 and businesses and local churches brought in more than $10,000 bringing the total amount to $33,000.

Miller was humbled.

“I just didn’t have enough faith,” he said.

The hard-working volunteers and organizers were honored with a thank-you barbecue dinner May 10 at Second Baptist Church.

Mike Montgomery, executive director of Family Promise, thanked the volunteers for their participation and hard work.

Donna and Hugh Mobley were credited for coming up with the idea for the fundraiser.

Charlie Bundy was recognized for his support and seeking contributions from others in the community.

Hugh Mobley and Mary Atkinson, Family Promise coordinator, received scrapbooks featuring stories and photos of Family Promise.

Other volunteers also were thanked for helping gather and store all the donated items, as well as those who helped sort and sell them at the yard sale.

Miller praised the team effort.

“You know how difficult it can be to get different churches to work together sometimes?” Miller said. “But there was not one harsh or sly word the whole time.”

Family Promise wasn’t the only beneficiary that day.

There were others:

u A couple with children came to the yard sale to buy things they needed after their house burned just days before. When volunteers working at the yard sale found out about the couple, they took them around and told them to take whatever they needed.

u A woman bought a twin bed for $15. As volunteers helped her load the bed in her car, she could not contain her excitement. Her son, who had been sleeping on the floor, now had a bed to sleep on.

u One woman bought a couch for $15. She didn’t have a way to get it home. A volunteer offered to put it on his truck and take it to her house. While unloading the couch, he realized that was all the furniture she had. The volunteer went back to yard sale, loaded the truck with more furniture and delivered it to her home.

Montgomery said he was grateful for the multiple blessings – the success of the fundraiser, the reasonably priced items people were able to buy for themselves and those they were able to help.

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip, once said, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

The ripple continues.