WE DESPERATLY NEED FOOD
Our shelves are almost empty. Without help we will be out of food before the end of the week. Food goes out the front door as quickly as it comes in. In only 6 days of July we fed 607 people from 231 families. 21 of these families have never asked for food from us before. In those 6 days, we have fed 60% of what we normally do in a month and we still have almost 2/3 of the month left. We don't want to be one of the 28% of NC food pantries that have had to turn away hungry families because we don't have any food. All donations welcome. We are a 501 (c) (3) tax deductible nonprofit charity.
One in three children in Davidson Courny is considered at risk for food insecurity, according to Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston Salem. Let that number sink in for a moment. That means in a class of 24 students, eight may not have access to nutritious food on a regular basis. On a youth soccer team of 15 players, five may be going hungry. In an afterschool program of 30 youngsters, 10 may not be eating well.
Sometimes numbers can easily be dismissed, but look closely the next time you visit a store, classroom, sporting event or other activity with a group of children and consider that one in every three children you see may not be eating well. Perhaps that number caused a shock the first time you heard it, but as time passed it lost some of its impact.
Fairgrove Family Resource Center's mission is to end hunger. To help us achieve this goal, we started the first weekend feeding program in Davidson County in 2006 at Brier Creek Elementary School. We now serve 182 children in 4 schools having added Fair Grove, Pilot and Thomasville Primary Elementary schools. We are conducting our annual fundraising campaign to raise needed dollars to feed the most vulnerable children. We need to raise $20,000 to feed 100 of these children.
It's hard to learn when all you are thinking about is how hungry you are. Only $200 will feed one child every weekend for the entire school year. Any donation is appreciated and is 100% tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charity. You can make your secure donation here or mail it to Fairgrove Family Resource Center, 159 Myrtle Drive, Thomsville, NC 27360. For more information, call us at 336-472-7217. Thank you for helping us reduce hunger with our children and showing them someone cares.
Partial reprint with permission from The Dispatch. "Many children depend on food assistance", August 16, 2013
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Howard Hayes Golf Tournament
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, FGFRC held its eighth Howard Hayes Fore the Families Golf Tournament. Twenty eight teams competed for top 3 winning spots. The tournament raised $11,278 to help our center to continue to help our community.
After a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings, the golfers jumped in the carts and headed for the course. They all enjoyed the comradery. There was a brief "refreshment break" in the middle of the afternoon during a summer shower. At the end of the day, everyone was tired but happy.
Signs of all the sponsors that made the tournament possible were displayed at every hole. Greggs Graphics provided all the signs. Donations by many businesses filled "goody bags" for our golfers.
The first place team and winner of the $300 prize is Joe Silver, Charles Parnell, Bill Mitchell, and Joel Hartley. The second place team and winner of the $150 prize is Robbie Pierce, Buck Hall, Jane Baity, and Phil Edwards. The third place team and winner of the $100 prize is Scott Craver, Terry Houk, Chip Vanderzee, and Dan Craver.
Closest to the pin winners are : Dave Setzer, Collin Miller, Melvin Cobb, and Steve Wall. The longest drives were made by Jesse Cooper and Leigh Armentrout.
2014 Auction was a great success!
Thank you Dale Norris, auctioneer, generous businesses and the community that supported us by coming and purchasing the items donated by businesses and individuals available at the auction. The $14,500 raised from the auction will help us to continue offering our invaluable programs.
The community response to our auction to raise programming funds for our center was fantastic! We had generous donations from local businesses and individuals making the event truly memorable. We had a record number of people attending from children to seniors. There were lots of good buys and "good hearted" buys. We auctioned large items (pallet of flooring, furniture), small items (jewelry), live items (plants and flowers), liquid items (bottles of wine), outdoor items (chairs and child's picnic table), artsy items (Paintings, prints and pottery), and yummy homemade food items.
Everyone had fun. Most left with their hearts, hands and bellies full. We wouldn't be here without the great support from this community.
FGFRC hopes you will patronize these businesses that are supporting our center to benefit those suffering in the Thomasville and eastern Davidson County community.
The entire staff at the center is so helpful. Each one really wants to help. Terri made the process easy and made sure that our dignity was intact. Thank you so much for helping us in our time of need!
I am very grateful for the service and programs provided by Fairgrove Family Resource Center. They have provided my family with invaluable information that benefits us in so many ways. I think many families I know would benefit from taking parenting classes.