The Court. Is DONE.
It started at 6:25a.m. when the Bucklin Fire Dept began soaking the court area with 1,000 gallons of water. (So the concrete wouldn't dry too fast.) Bobby and Greg had to work a full day after soaking our court, re-filling the fire truck, and shoveling gravel. We appreciate them and Shorty Hulett, who was also working before sun-up.
By 2:30p.m. the gang at Tall Paul's was feeding a hot, tired, and GENEROUS concrete crew. But oh-so-much happened in between.
As we watched the work progress throughout the day we became acutely aware of just how much Triple J Construction had given us. They had driven from Moberly, Atlanta, Bevier, Jacksonville, and Clarence. They had given us a day of their lives, a combined 60+ years of concrete experience, the muscles in their lower backs, the gas in their power trowels, and gallons of sweat.
As temperatures soared past 90 degrees and the humidity rose, they never slowed down and never complained. When their work was done, they quietly packed their tools and drove away without looking for a "thanks" or a pat on the back. These fellas may have their faults... their wives could probably give us a short list. But you'll have to look a long time to find guys with bigger hearts than Jon Curless' crew.
When I tried to thank one of them, he brushed it off by saying, "it's for kids; it's worth it."
Maybe you're a praying person; maybe you aren't. But if you are - say a blessing on these guys who gave so much to help kids they've never met. We remain humbled by their generosity.
And the court looks AWESOME!!!
PLEASE visit www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy
to see the finished court and lots of pictures from the day. Again, you do NOT need a facebook account to see this page.
Go see what you have helped build.
Today was an impressive day for the park project!
First, we received a $100 donation from Joe & Beverly Cupp. This brings our official "Put Some Spark in Our Park!" total to $22,274. Thanks, Joe & Beverly!
That's right - it isn't too late to donate. At this point we're planning finishing touches like benches, trees, trash cans, etc., so every donation is important. If we really get lucky, we may be able to add another small piece of equipment. (With all the families now using the park we're definitely seeing a need for benches, which is something we hadn't planned.)
Second, Jon Curless and his crew from Triple J Construction formed up the basketball court today and got it ready to pour. If the weather continues to cooperate, they may be pouring on Wednesday. These are the guys who volunteered to finish the concrete for FREE. Not one of them is from Bucklin, but each of them gave up a day of pay for some kids they've never met.
If you happen by the park when these guys are working, why don't you stop and say "Thanks", or drop a note in their truck. They've given us a lot and it would probably make them feel great at the end of the day to know their hot, dirty, tiring, UNPAID work is appreciated. Also, Tall Paul's has donated meals to the concrete crew. It wouldn't hurt to let Paul & Kim know that you appreciate them as well. They have already generously donated to this project, but are going above and beyond to show their gratitude to Jon Curless' crew. We think that's pretty awesome.
This project has certainly brought out the best in people, and we're blessed to have seen such generosity, community spirit, and kindness. Thanks for all the things you've done - great and small - to make this project a raging success. :-)
* Whether you "facebook" or not, go to www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy
to see more pictures and updates. Remember, you don't need to log in to facebook - our page is public. *
Triple J Construction
Several kids ages 6 months to 15 years were enjoying the park this morning. If you don't live here, you can't imagine the gift you've given the children of Bucklin. We wish you could stand under the tree with us and listen to the laughter, conversations, and games happening because of your generosity.
Please go to www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy
to see more photos and comments. You do NOT have to be registered on facebook to do this. It is a public page anyone can see.
When it started to rain this morning, most of the kids kept right on playing and we kept right on watching. The happy feeling outweighs the raindrops.
How can we ever thank you enough...
The merry-go-round is INSTALLED!
The spring riders are INSTALLED!
The new swing hardware is INSTALLED!
What an amazing day it was in the Bucklin Park Saturday.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so go to www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy
and check out our pictures.
Many people came out to help. We don't want to begin listing names because we would surely forget someone. But Carla Murphy received her long-awaited spin on the merry-go-round (helped by David Jenkins), Terry Epperly took a ride on the new spring riders, and Doris Noah spun around in a swing.
Hmmm... Makes you wonder who was doing all the work? Look at the pictures and find out!
Don Noah has been donating a lot of skid steer hours to the basketball court area. He has it smoothed out, now we're looking for some experienced framers to help us get ready for concrete.
Any takers??? Contact Rick Standley if you can help.
Thank you, everyone, for making this possible!!!
Park Workers (Thanks guys!!!)
*UPDATE!* Holes are dug and concrete poured for the merry-go-round and spring riders!! That's PROGRESS, baby!!
More work is happening tonight on the little "rabbit hutch" climber (the blue thing in our previous picture). Come on out to the park if you want to help set equipment, take pictures to share, bring the workers a cold drink, or just help "supervise".
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who has donated money, encouraged, shared/liked on facebook, said kind words, shaved heads, cooked pancakes, eaten pancakes, torn out concrete, loaned equipment, moved swingsets, and so many other things.
Thank you for showing everyone how a community is supposed to work. Watching this happen has been indescribable.
We added $1,000.00 from the Bucklin R-2 FCCLA Club. The students voted to donate to the Spark in the Park bringing our total to $22,174.00. Go Bulldogs!!
Also, we picked up some of the equipment from St. Louis today so installation will be starting soon. If you would like to help out, just let us know. Many hands make light work.
Hey, e-mail friends -
We just realized something cool!
We're not just for facebookers anymore!
Even if you don't "facebook", you can view our new and improved page at: www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy
Keep an eye on us for photos, updates, or to see what others are saying about this project.
It looks as though our minor facebook glitch has worked to our advantage. Just another example of how great this project has been. Anytime something has seemed like a negative, it always turns into a positive! ;-)
So much is happening, it's hard to keep everyone updated!
Prenger Foods sent us a check for $524 last week - $1 for every pizza sold in May. This was a completely unsolicited donation, and we think the Prengers are so awesome. Be sure to thank them next time you're in Prenger's.
You'll notice in the attached picture that the old basketball court is GONE! The City of Bucklin worked together with the Township to break up and haul away the old court. This was a long, hot job and we appreciate all those guys so much. There is still some leveling and filling to do, but progress is happening!
More great news - today we heard from our equipment supplier... We can pick up the merry-go-round, spring horses, and little tot climber on WEDNESDAY! Woohoo!
Thanks to Rick Standley and Bob Davis for donating their time and fuel to make the long journey to St.Louis and save us $$ on freight!
So many people in the community are coming together to make this project happen, it's unbelievable. It would be impossible to list all the names.... people loaning trailers, skid steer work, hauling, and helping in so many ways.
If you've been waiting for an opportunity to provide some "hands-on" help, it's a great time to contact Rick Standley. He is coordinating the installation, and could probably use some extra hands.
Finally, we had some issues with facebook but now we're back online and able to update everyone. Thanks to all of our FB friends for sharing news for us while we were "banished"! ;-)
This project continues to be an unbelievable blessing and joy. Thank you!!!
Out with the old!
From "Darla N Tammy" -
A gift in honor of Mary Mendenhall has brought our total to a tidy $20,600!
Also, we just heard from our equipment supplier and they are telling us the merry-go-round, spring riders, and small climber will be available for pickup by the 17th. That's just TEN days away! Don't be surprised if you see some dirt work happening at the park next week in preparation for the new equipment. Isn't this AMAZING?!
And finally, a favor...
We had some issues with facebook and are no longer able to post updates there. Would those of you on facebook please copy/paste this message for us? We really hate not being able to stay in touch with everyone, but know our faithful friends will help us get the word out.
Thanks in advance!
A little rain can't dampen the "Spark in Our Park!" We received a donation in memory of Virgil Lindberg, which brings our total to $20,575!
We also have THREE DAYS LEFT to stuff ourselves with Hunt Brothers Pizza. Remember that for every pizza sold in May, Prenger's will donate $1 to the park fund. Thanks Prenger's! (Tomorrow is Wednesday, so pizza is on sale AND the park gets money AND you don't have to cook. It's a win-win-win!)
Rick Standley hung our new swings in time for Memorial Day weekend, and they look FANTASTIC! We love the little "bucket" style baby swings. They provide more head and neck support than the traditional baby swing. Thanks again Bucklin Lumber, for this generous donation!
Many children enjoyed the swings before rain started falling Sunday afternoon, and I had to chase children off of the big kid swings this evening to get a picture. Your donations and support are already paying off. What an awesome community this is!
Today our playground manufacturer told us to expect the merry-go-round, rabbit hutch climber, and spring riders to be ready the week of June 14. Woohoo!! We're biting our nails trying to be patient but know the end result will be worth the wait.
Jon Curless, our generous concrete man, has been held up by the weather but will be heading to Bucklin as soon as he finishes up a few soggy jobs. Weather permitting, we may see him by mid-June as well...? We'll keep you posted.
Thank you again, everyone! This project has been amazing because of YOU.
We added $145.00 in donations today! Thanks to the Bucklin Bulldog Business Club and the American Legion Auxiliary! People are obviously still thinking about Putting Some Spark in our Park. We just keep being amazed by the support for this project.
Another $100.00 donation! This one comes from Robert & Cindy Cupp and their donation brings us to $20,425.00! The spending has commenced and as of today, we have ordered the big play system to go along with the merry go round, spring riders, and rabbit hutch that was already ordered. That pretty much takes care of the equipment that we had hoped to order. The donations that are still coming in may allow us to order another piece or two which will be a wonderful bonus to what we had planned. Now, we wait for equipment to get here.
Before you know it, the old basketball court will be a thing of the past. We will keep you posted on when they will begin taking it up. And you know that we will be posting pictures on facebook.
It will soon be time to start seeing the benefits of everyone's effort. Thank you all so much.
In case you aren't watching gofundme as close as you once were, we just received a $50.00 donation from Larry & Deloma Gall today which brings the total to $20,325.00. Thank you Larry & Deloma. It is not too late if you are still wanting to donate.
Lots Happening! Where do I start...?
1. Jon Curless, our beloved concrete man, helped us negotiate some great prices on concrete and gravel. We're hoping to have the court done by mid-June. Fan-tastic!
2. We "discovered" Granuband Macon, LLC, which manufactures rubber crumb playground mulch right here in Macon, MO. Their manager, Julie, gave us an affordable price on the mulch IF we could haul it ourselves. We put this info out on facebook and within 6 hours, Bobby Beaver had offered us a dump truck for hauling! Isn't that incredible?!
3. Yesterday... finally... we officially ordered some equipment. (What a stressful decision!) Within 3 weeks we should have a merry-go-round, two spring riders (horses), and a small climber for our young kiddos. We're still deciding on the large piece, but we're making progress!
4. Meanwhile, donations are still coming in which may allow us to add an extra piece (maybe a teeter-totter?). Everyone has been so unbelievably generous.
5. On a not-so-happy note, our friend Mark Williams has been sick all week and is now in the hospital. Nobody knew when he was getting his head shaved that he was nursing some medical problems. Prayers his direction would be appreciated.
When you don't see updates for a day or two, it isn't because we've stalled. It's just that sometimes we're too busy to post updates! Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm.
Look what we got today!!! Kevin Behrman gave us two "big kid" swings, and Brian (Norm) Wright said the "baby" swings should be in later this week! (That is a GIFT, by the way. Bucklin Lumber donated the swings and chains.)
We have spent the morning negotiating for concrete, gravel, mulch, etc., and with luck the new basketball court will be poured by mid-June. In case you missed it earlier, Jon Curless from Jacksonville and his crew volunteered to do that job. On a Saturday. For free.
Also, our mayor and councilmen volunteered to tear out the old court and smooth out the area for the new court. For free. They may use some city equipment, but will also use their own equipment and donate their labor. Pretty cool.
Three more examples of the generosity and kindness of the human spirit. Turn off the negative nightly news and watch what's happening in our community. People aren't so bad as the media would have you believe. ;-)
YOU DID IT!!! YOU DID IT!!! YOU DID IT!!!
You blew the goal out of the water! Dennis & Kristine Scott, Orscheln's, another "anonymous donor", and the beautiful people who wished to remember Brandon Standley have smashed our goal to bits! We're standing at $20,025... and the view is breath-taking.
As a community, we have stood together and believed in ourselves. We have found a sense of camaraderie. We have seen the good side of so many people. Bikers, beauticians, and politicians. White collar, blue collar, and folks without a dollar. Construction guys and bar flies. Christians, agnostics, Catholics, and athiests. From Arizona to Oklahoma. Florida to New Jersey. People in trailer courts and people on the coast. Seamstresses, waitresses, and one amazing mechanic.
All of you - - You know who you are. You hugged us at LifeCare, even if you couldn't donate. You encouraged us wherever you saw us. You volunteered your labor, your food, your time, your HAIR. You cooked us pancakes, shared our posts, read our updates, and cheered us on.
You did this. You laid everything else aside, and you did this. Together.
You really did it.
You were right, Carla Murphy.
We stand humbled.
Great News! The end must be in sight, and the people at Tall Paul's are feelin' it! They have offered to provide food for our volunteers when we begin installing equipment, working concrete, etc. Paul & Kim Behrman-Harrison (and their crew) have supported us from the beginning by donating, spreading the word for us, and just being generally POSITIVE. We appreciate them so much! Be sure to thank them the next time you stop in for dinner.
And MORE great news - Josh McNeil's family and an "anonymous donor" have put us within $950 of our goal!!! Thanks, Josh & Stephanie. And thank you, Mr. Anonymous. It makes you wonder, doesn't it? You better smile at everyone you meet. Kind people are everywhere.
Thank you, once again, to everyone who has supported us in one way or another. Whether you have been able to donate, or share us on facebook, or tell someone about the park, or give us a kind word in person - we have deeply appreciated every single gesture of support. You have made this project happen. Quotes are flying in from playground companies, and we are nearly ready to order - all because of you.
Donations from Larry Vobornik, Delaney Funeral Home, and our friends the Morfords from Ethel, have shot our total to $17,746!
Thank you all for such generous support. You are making this happen, and this community is so grateful.
Also - Don't forget to pick up a Hunt Brothers Pizza at Prenger's in Bucklin. For every pizza sold, they will donate $1 to the park. Special bonus - this is Wednesday and pizzas are on sale!
We haven't seen Mark since Sunday, but rumor has it that his head is cold. Let's not forget too quickly what a beautiful thing he did for this community. Be sure to thank him when you stop by Walter's Garage.
PRENGER Foods in Bucklin has announced that for every Hunt Brothers Pizza they sell in May, they will donate ONE DOLLAR to "Put Some Spark in Our Park!" How cool is that?! It's too nice outside to cook anyway, so grab a pizza and support the park (individual slices don't count).
Have we mentioned how AWESOME this community is?
We can't wait to start ordering equipment!
Just got a $100.00 donation from Andy Johnson! Way to go Andy. Thanks for supporting our efforts to improve the park.
That brings us to a total of $17,206.00. It is still climbing.
If you missed it, you missed an awesome day. A HUGE thank you to Mike & Janice, Norm, John Wright, Eden & Heath St. Dennis (volunteer waitress & waiter), Pam Gladbach & Autumn Lindsay. And, last but not least Mark Williams for helping us raise over $3,000.00!
The pancake extravaganza brought in an additional $939.00 today alone! How awesome is that?? And, we got to see Mark get his hair buzzed. Thank you to the people who came out to support this event.
We are still amazed at what can be accomplished when we work together. Way to go everyone.
To add to an already outstanding day, we received a check from Regional Missouri Bank for $500.00 and another check for $50.00 from Tom & Joyce Herriman.
That brings the total to $17,106.00. Can I get a WOOHOO?!?!
It is confirmed! Pam Gladbach will be shaving Mark's head at 3:00 on Sunday at Missouri Mike's in Bucklin during "Norm & Mike's Pancake Extravaganza"!
Many of you made the suggestion and it was Mark's wish as well... all of those curls will be donated to Locks of Love.
And though we're having fun with it, we aren't forgetting what a deep and personal gift it is that Mark is giving. If you don't know Mark, he is a pretty amazing person, and we hope you'll take this opportunity to come out and shake his hand.
Also - Kevin Behrman from Bucklin Lumber told us yesterday that he will donate ALL four swings AND chains to Put Some Spark in Our Park! You would be surprised at the cost of commercial grade swings and chains. Kevin is donating hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise, and we are so grateful to him.
If you're in Bucklin Lumber, be sure to thank him for supporting our community.
Hope to see you Sunday!
What a blessing it was to meet the "bead ladies" from Life Care Center yesterday!
The money they earn from their bead necklaces doesn't stay out of circulation long. In the past year they have given money to a Life Care employee who lost everything in a house fire, bought school supplies for local children, sent supplies to Joplin's tornado victims, donated to the Tillman House Museum, and now they have shared with us.
This is an amazing group of ladies. We would have loved to visit longer, but they were setting up for yet another service project and were too busy for us!
Pictured from left to right are:
Mary Keller, Connie Sevier, Juanita Lambert, Tammy Standley, Darla Noah, Ethel Peavler, and Nellie Gardner.
Other bead workers not pictured are: Margaret Pope, Doris Magnuson, Irene Jefferson, Virginia Jones, Nina Elliot, and Ruby Raub
(We shared this photo because it is the only one we got with Connie Sevier *reluctantly* in the picture. She makes this program happen. Her love and admiration for these ladies is tangible, and we honor how she gives to them every single day.)
Oh my! So many things are happening, it's hard to remember everything -
We hit our goal to SHAVE MARK (head & mustache!), with a little to spare. Thanks to the Sappingtons & the Walters for launching us over the top. This is awesome news!! We're all excited to see Mark's new look... news on that coming soon.
Also - This morning I received a marvelous phone call from Connie Sevier at Life Care in Brookfield. This is perhaps our most humbling gift yet... Some of the residents at Life Care (one of them is 99 years old!) string beads together to sell. These ladies voted to give $100 of their proceeds to our park project. We will visit them tomorrow to thank them for this unbelievably generous gift. What an amazing bunch of ladies, with another amazing lady leading them all. Thank you, Connie. Your gift blesses us more than you can know.
As if the day wasn't going great enough... Janice called from Missouri Mike's restaurant in Bucklin. Last night Norm was there and they started brainstorming about the park. By midnight they had decided to host "Norm & Mike's Pancake Extravaganza"! They scrambled to put an ad in the paper, call the radio station, and it was ON. This Sunday from 1-6 at Missouri Mike's in Bucklin, a minimum $2.50 donation will buy all the pancakes you can eat. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE PARK. Mike & Norm will provide all the food, drinks, etc. There is even a rumor that John Wright will be waiting tables! How's that for community spirit?!
Meanwhile, wonderful folks like Dorthy Gardner, Karen & Phillip Arnold, the Ervie boys, Elsie McNeil, and special "anonymous" donors keep shooting our total up to over $15,400!
"Thank you" isn't enough, but it's all we have.
If you still don't believe this is the best community ever, then I guess you will never be convinced.
It was a busy day for putting a Spark in our Park! It began in the park with an interview with KTVO that you can see on heartlandconnection.com if you don't get the channel. Thanks to Mark, Mayor Donnie & Kevin Behrman for helping with that.
Then it was an evening in the park with awesome volunteers moving the old swing set back to make room for the new equipment. Thank you to David Jenkins, Terry Epperly, James Lee Jenkins, Bob & Lori Davis, Don Noah, Eden & Heath St. Dennis, Rick & Brooke Standley, Greg Noah, Jim Finney. We are hoping that everyone can get out of bed in the morning and that backaches aren't too bad!
Then to top off the day, we are now at $15,001.00. How amazing is that. It just continues to grow and we are simply thrilled at the positive support. Thank you everyone for being part of this!
By the way, Shave Mark is going to happen. Mark Cole put us over the top last night. His $100.00 donation brought is to $2,593.00. Woooohooo get those clippers ready!!
We will keep everyone posted on when that will happen so you can watch it locally and cheer Mark on while he is losing his locks.
If you aren't local, we will be posting pictures.
Thanks everyone for making this happen, right Mark?
If you are looking for a Shave Mark total, here it is $2,393.00. We are very close to knowing that we will be seeing a whole new Mark. We still have to collect jars from uptown tomorrow and we understand that his sister has sent a check that we hope to get in the mail tomorrow. Think we will get the $2,500.00?
This was posted on facebook last night, and thought it needed to be shared with our e-mail friends as well:
This news is too humbling for all-caps and exclamation marks.
It has taken me all day to figure out how to share this. The gesture is so kind, I'm not sure I can do it justice.
The bottom line is this: Triple J Construction from Jacksonville, MO has donated their labor to do the concrete work on the basketball court. (Does anybody know how much it costs to have someone finish concrete? It isn't cheap.)
But the really amazing part is this: These people aren't even from Bucklin.
I have only met one of them. Once.
Owner Jon Curless was in town this week and heard about our project. He was not solicited for a donation or hit up to volunteer. He just heard about it.
The next day he talked to his guys about our basketball court. According to Jon, they all immediately volunteered to give up a Saturday doing FREE concrete work because, as they said, "it would help Bucklin's kids."
"It would help Bucklin's kids."
Kids they don't even know.
How do you possibly thank someone for that?
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A few of the comments from facebook are below:
Tiffani Hulett - That is awesome. I send my thanks too. Wow there are still heros for our kids out there
Marilyn Epperly -I t just goes to show that there are truly good people out there. Thanks guys!
Elsie McNeil - Amazing!! Thank you, Triple J Construction!! The kids will thank you for years to come.
Betty Jo Shoemaker - They are the kind of people that still give you hope in the human race...thank you guys and God bless you!!
Lora Lee King Wrestler Very generous of this company, whoever they might be ...
Beverly Sherwood - Just say thank you God. I am sure he had a lot to do with it. Brought a tear to my eye. Let me know what Saturday. I will bring some food.
Elsie Sagaser - This is amazing
Carla Murphy - Did someone mention FOOD and merry go rounds!! YES
Betty Jo Shoemaker - Yes we will enjoy it all.....Carla, meet ya at the merry go round!!!
Joy Main - We have had work done by them! They are really super nice people and they will do a great job!
April Noah- Knazik - thank God for good people
Those of you watching the Shave Mark campaign. We now have $580.00 towards his scalping. We know that there is a check in the mail from his sister that we are looking forward to.
Mark has also said that anything that Bucklin Lumber donates to put a Spark in our Park can be added to the $2,500.00. Kevin has offered to donate 2 swings so we will get prices on those and add them to the amount. He also offered two power trowels if we need them. Keep it coming Kevin:-)
We are still looking for help from the locals that have complained about Mark's hair. Come on people here is your chance! You will more than likely never have the opportunity to see Mark's scalp again but it is going to cost you. Just remember that is it for two good causes. Shave Mark and Help the Park.
Mark will be interviewed by KDWD Mon. morning so see if you can catch that. Also, KTVO is here on Tues. to do an interview about the park.
Good job to all of you who have made this project a success already!
It's the moment you've been waiting for!
If you were waiting for a good excuse to donate, Mark Williams is giving you one.
If we can raise $2,500 before May 1, Mark will let us SHAVE his head!
Check it out...
Okay, if you were watching this anything like we do, you were tired of seeing $11,090.00. So, I went to Prenger's and cleaned out the box for $30.00 in donations. Thanks to you who are putting money in at the store. That takes us to $11,120.00. At least it is a new number to look at!
The Bucklin Legion donated $270.00 to the park today! Way to go Legion! We don't have the money put in gofundme because they didn't have the actual check for us today but, it is on the way.
And, there is going to be another video coming your way with a challenge for some of our locals. Lets see if they will rise to the challenge. Stay tuned, it is coming your way soon!
Ed & Carla Murphy rounded us out to $10,500.00 last night and the donations kept coming today. So far today, we have received $240.00 in donations from Jamie & Ashley James, Lynda Sprague, Civic Club and Sandy Riddle. That brings us to a total of $10,740.00. As you can see in this post and the previous posts, it isn't just Bucklin people making this happen. We are getting help from our neighbors. Great things happen when people are willing to work together. Good job!
** BREAKING NEWS ** BREAKING NEWS **
Our wonderful neighbor ladies in New Boston and one anonymous donor have launched us OVER $10,000!!!
Thanks to our beautiful neighbors to the North, we are now well over half way to our goal!
I was also just told that 100.7 KMZU phoned City Hall this morning to interview someone about the "Spark" in our Park! My Country 99.1 was the first station to promote our project, and now other stations are jumping on board. How cool is that?!
And if you missed Donna Bell's CVTV interview with Thelma, Betty, and Doris on TV, you can watch it here:
Our segment begins at the 7:00 mark. Thanks Donna!
Remember, this is YOUR project. Write letters to the editor, call radio stations, share e-mails, and... a-hem... send donations. ;-)
You are making this happen.
The Youth Group from the Bucklin Christian Church launched us over $9,000 today with their generous donation of $250!
Remember, this is money these kids have EARNED by hosting spaghetti dinners and other fundraisers. They could have chosen to use the money for camp or roller-skating or anything they wanted. Instead, they voted to invest in their community. Absolutely INCREDIBLE!
To reach $9,095, the youth group stood on the shoulders of Bill & Janet Daniels, Pearl Miller, Delma Gardner, Rhonda Noah, and others (check www.gofundme.com/bucklin
to see them all) who have all shown their generosity this weekend.
Thank you everyone!
Together we are making this happen!
We seem to be stuck on $8,500.00 today. Maybe we will get a nudge soon:-)
Yesterday was an ENORMOUS day for "Put some Spark in our Park!".... There truly aren't enough all-caps and exclamation marks to describe it.
* Dee Dee Griffin McCollum issued her $5 challenge to fellow alumni.
* Aleta Casady's Bucklin Business Club voted to donate $100 to the park project, AND challenged other clubs at Bucklin School to support the project as well. Thanks R-2 students and THANKS Aleta!
Then things got even MORE interesting!
* At last night's City Meeting, the Bucklin City Council voted to donate TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($2,500) to the park project!!!
This is HUGE! Though they couldn't take on the entire project, they are excited to contribute all they can, offering to use city equipment and their personal time to help bust concrete, install equipment, or whatever is needed! We are grateful beyond words.
Please thank these guys! (Barry Shipley, George Simmons, Terry Epperly, Larry Daniels and Mayor Don Noah)
When we thought it couldn't get any better!!! -
* The Bucklin Christian Church Board voted to donate ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS of Spark to our Park! Churches operate 100% on donations, so we know what a sacrifice this is for them. Though we don't know every board member, Kenny Sappington is board president and we are awed at the Bucklin Christian Church for putting their faith into action. We are so grateful to them, and proud to be part of their community.
SEE?!!! I told you there weren't enough all-caps and exclamation marks to describe it all!!!
Bucklin is AWESOME! And this is happening!!!
Our latest total is $4,807! Bucklin people are so GREAT!!!
For those of you receiving e-mail updates, I wanted to share something just posted on facebook:
Dorothy Dee Griffin McCollum
I am challenging every Bucklin R#2 graduate to send a five dollar check to: Park Improvement Board, P.O. Box 282, Bucklin, MO 64631. Spread the word on FACEBOOK we can make this happen and be proud at the Bucklin Homecoming this fall. Hope you make it this fall. Dee Dee (Griffin) McCollum "Class of 74"
Thank you, Dee Dee! You are INCREDIBLE!
And thank you to everyone who is sharing us on facebook, via e-mail, or through casual conversation. Your efforts are paying off, and together we WILL make our park into a source of pride.
p.s. We applied for a grant through the Brookfield Wal-Mart yesterday. If you're in the store and see Shane Bettis, the manager, it wouldn't hurt to encourage him to support us!
Because of donations today from Rick & Patty Gilmore, Bucklin Lumber Co., Prenger's Customers, Bucklin CWF, and Celo Geers we are now sitting at a total of $4707.00. Thanks to all of you who donated! Together we are making this happen. Be sure to try and catch our interview on CVTV with Betty Shoemaker, Doris Noah, and Thelma Jones this week.
Thanks again to everyone who believes in our children and our community!!
We're feeling "Sparked"!!! What a great day it has been!
Ben & Tracey Thompson pushed us to the $4,000 mark (with help from Amber Vega & Betty Shoemaker), AND Betty, Thelma, and Doris' interview first aired on "This Week in the Valley" on CVTV. All great news!!
Friday's Linn County Leader featured the park project on the front page (la-ti-da!). If you don't get the paper, you can read the article here:
Whether you wish to donate or not, you should visit www.gofundme.com/bucklin
to read the positive comments from donors and supporters. We're constantly reminded of what a terrific community this is.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support and if you don't wish to receive these updates please scroll to the bottom of the e-mail and click "unsubscribe". This project is a joy to us, and we wouldn't want anyone to be bothered by it.
- Tammy & Darla
Attention, e-mail folks! IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO RECEIVE THESE UPDATES - scroll to the bottom of the page and click "unsubscribe". We don't want to pester anyone.
For those of you who are left - GREAT NEWS!!!!!
Between Danan & Paige (Casady) Knott and Chris & Greta Cathey, WE HIT $3,100 tonight!!! We challenged you for $3,000 and as usual, you blew us away.
Thank you, Knotts and Catheys!
Our project keeps growing! Tune in to CVTV's "This Week in the Valley" starting Monday. Some special ladies from the Bucklin community took the time to visit with Donna Bell about our park project! If you don't have Chariton Valley cable, you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CVTV22
Our playground project is getting more publicity from My Country KDWD 99.1. Thanks, Big Erv, for putting us on the air! Tune in to 99.1 or listen here: http://mycountry991.com
Be sure to visit www.gofundme.com/bucklin
to watch us inch toward our goal. And if you would, take a moment to send a "thank you" to those donors. Their donations are making this community better for all of us. It would be great to let them know how much you appreciate that.
Our list of donors keeps growing! Visit www.gofundme.com/bucklin
to see who helped us get to $2,310. That's enough for a merry-go-round - you guys are great!
Dusty Riley & Konda Switzer (ok, Bentley) just pushed us to $2,000!!!! Send them a "thanks", will ya?!!
If you aren't checking www.gofundme.com/bucklin
to see donors and comments, you should be. You are "linked" to some cool people.
(People receiving this message via e-mail - you do NOT need facebook to go to that site - check it out!)
Thanks to Anonymous citizens, Marceline neighbors, Sunday School kids, and far away friends, our total is now $1,800!!! Thank you everyone!!
Bucklin Alumni & community are the best! It is so neat to watch positive things happen. Thank you all so much. Please keep sharing our info. with your friends & family.
We've already raised enough for a wooden playhouse and new swings and chains. Now we're working toward spring riders!
THANK YOU to our generous donors!!!