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Going the extra mile

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By Sherry Awe

     Two local groups teamed up for a successful fundraiser on April 24-25.  It all started as two separate ideas and merged into one to help each other and even then, went beyond that.  Capital Farm Credit of Dalhart donated some used furniture no longer needed to the Dalhart Pregnancy Resource Center.  The board that oversees the center had decided to take all the furniture offered, use what they could for the center, and sell the rest probably at a garage sale.  Teens from the First Baptist Youth Group graciously helped move the donated furniture to the pregnancy center.   At about that time, the First Baptist Youth were discussing having a garage sale to raise funds for attendance to youth camp.

    The youth group approached the center about having a combined furniture silent auction and a garage sale.   Since the furniture was already in the building that the center operates from, permission was granted by Dallam County, which owns the building, to have the combined sale at that site.  By allowing this, the county was making it easier for the combined effort.  The large furniture would not have to be moved again and with a combined sale there would be potential for more buyers, particularly for the furniture.   The youth group offered to do the set up, run the sale, and pack up leftovers in exchange for a percentage of the furniture sales.  An agreement was made how the proceeds would be split from the sale and work began.

    This event shows that different entities can work together to benefit many in different ways.  As the sale approached, word got out that a Dalhart woman without family had a financial need caused by some medical problems.  Some friends of hers were collecting items for a sale to help her.   They were willing to pick up the leftover items after DPRC and FBC Youth had their sale.  Over $4,200 was raised at the combined sale alone.  Great appreciation goes to the Capital Farm Credit and all the individuals who donated items for the sale and also to the First Baptist Youth Group for all their work.  They could have had a sale on their own and kept all the proceeds, but they were willing to go the extra mile and help contribute to a cause beyond themselves.  Way to go teens!