“People forget what you kept, but they will never forget what you gave.” –Orrin Woodward
Everyone likes to have fun! Imagine if the fun you had helped raise $617,000 for a children’s home in Texas.
Approximately 3,500 participants came out to support the 37th annual Houston Spring Festival and Petal for a Purpose on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, to help raise funds to support a children’s home–full of kids whose families are in crisis.
Boys and Girls Country, a privately funded children’s home in Hockley, Texas, is on a mission to change children’s lives by loving and nurturing them in a Christian environment, and raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. The home provides support for nearly 88 children and 14 college and career young adults by arranging for them a home, food, medical care, clothing, around-the-clock supervision, school tutoring and counseling. The needs are tremendous for these children, but as John Heywood once stated, “many hands make light work.”
The Spring bike ride and festival lasted less than 10 hours; but with thousands of volunteers and groups serving by giving of their time and resources, the charity event was a tremendous success.
One of the featured groups at the event was Life Leadership, with over 50 members participating. In addition to volunteers, several Life member families showed up to offer financial support and join in on the fun. Smiles were needed in the ticket booths, at the petting zoo, around the game booths and food stands, and at the check-points during the bike race; and there certainly wasn’t a shortage of hands and heart-felt help from all who chipped in.
Life Leadership members first started participating in the event three years ago, and the number of people getting involved has only continued to grow each year.
“I first heard about Boys and Girls Country at my Bible study group a few years ago, and I was intrigued to learn more. After my husband and I toured the cottages and met the children, we knew we wanted to get involved somehow.” –Tammy Darling (Life member)
“The greatest impact I received from serving this year was listening to the members of my team talk about how much the experience changed them. The volunteers were moved to tears, and we all can’t wait to do it again next year and bring even more people along.” -Jeff Darling (Life member)
The “Life on Life Initiative” is making a difference at Boys and Girls Country, and we are incredibly proud of the Life Leadership members who took time and energy to go and serve!
To learn more about Boys and Girls Country, check out this awesome video: