September 8, 2005

Local Fund-raisers Being Held For Hurricane Victims

The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina has moved at least two local residents to head relief efforts on the local front.

Allison Gosney is heading up a “cakeless cake sale” to raise money for the storm victims while Nicholas Winn is taking a collection of items to be shipped to the region.

Gosney has scheduled the fund-raisers for September 16th and 17th. The cakeless cake sale will be held that Friday morning on the southwest corner of the square before moving to Scotland County R-I High School to set up for the Tigers home football game. On Saturday the volunteers will be taking donations at J’s, Gas & More and Scotland County Lanes from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“A bit of news we have today, a Cakeless Cake Sale is on the way,” the event flyer states. “In these busy days, who has time to bake pies, cookies or even a cake? You’d be surprised if you counted the cost of material, heat and the time you’ve lost. Baking for sales is extra work, yet nobody ever wishes to shirk.”

The poems continues, “So we’ve thought of a plan that’s truly grand, and we feel quite sure you’ll understand. Find a can and please donate the price of a cake or pie or something nice. We’re sure you’ll give with a willing heart, without fuss or bother, you’ve done your part. This is the end of our little tale, wishing success for our cakeless cake sale.”

Coffee cans will be placed in businesses throughout Memphis for donations in addition to the days of the sale. Donors may also make contributions to Gosney at her home or at work at Shear Delights. For more info contact her at 660-465-2909 or 660-465-7778.

All proceeds from Gosney’s efforts will be given to Operation Blessing, which pledges to spend 100 percent of all donations on victims of Hurricane Katrina.

While it’s known for its culinary work at pancake breakfast fund-raisers, the Scotland County Fire Department will be foregoing the kitchen work of the cakeless bake sale and instead has agreed to kick start the relief efforts with a $500 donation.

“We deal with disasters on a much smaller scale, with a family losing a home to a fire or a loved one being injured in a car crash,” said fireman Jeremiah Marlow. “Hurricane Katrina devastated a 90,000 square mile area and displaced more than 1 million people. We felt compelled as a department to offer this financial assistance as our way of helping.”

It marked only the second time that the department has made such a financial contribution, with the other donation coming following 9/11.

The firemen will make the donation from proceeds the department generates through its volunteer labor hosting the demolition derby and providing fire and crash protection at the weekly races.

The donors signed off on the $500 contribution with the hope that it might start the ball rolling for another successful fund-raiser.

The fire department raised more than $7,000 for victims of 9/11 and they hope the community can once again rise to the occasion to help our nation heal again.

Operation Blessing, a FEMA approved charity, has launched Hunger Strike Force andhas delivered 37 truckloads of food, beverages and relief supplies totaling 1,474,489 pounds as of September 8. The organization is also issuing grants to various churches and other relief efforts across the storm-ridden region as well as in Texas and other relocation sites.

A similar movement is underway right here in Memphis where Nick Winn is hoping local donations will produce yet another truckload of goods to be sent to the storm victims.

Winn will be set up in the parking lot of Gas & More and will be accepting donations of clothing, baby items, non-perishable food, toiletry items, blankets, pillows or anything else.

“These people have nothing, and they have no place to go,” Winn said. “They have lost their homes and some have lost their loved ones along with the only possessions they had. We should ask ourselves ‘what if it were us?’”

People that cannot be there between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday or 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday can contact Winn at 883-5792 to make other arrangements.

All items donated will be boxed and shipped to the United Way in Louisiana with instructions to be distributed where most needed.

“Let’s show them the compassion, kindness and generosity of Memphis, Missouri,” Winn said. You never know when you may need the same.”

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