In an effort to raise funds to continue providing services, which include shelter for White County’s displaced individuals and families on those nights when the temperatures drop to freezing levels, Seeds of Hope TN has begun its latest fundraising endeavor: a Supermarket Sweep style shopping spree.
The group is providing a ticket for each $10 donated toward their new $15,000 goal or three tickets for every $25 donation. Tickets can be picked up at 234 King St., in Sparta, or by contacting one of the Seeds of Hope of TN board members: Tina Lomax, Charles Haston, Duke Davis, Diana Verble, Chris Howard, Linda Baldwin, Frank Derrick, Stacy Scott, David Goff, Sheri Duncan, Richard England, Beverly Dronebarger, or Regina Coonrod Pullin.
In addition, individuals and businesses throughout the community will have tickets available for pick-up, including Allison Boston, Interact Sponsor at White County High School, and Bushido Karate Center, located at 224 W. Bockman Way.
“The owner of the winning ticket will get a three-minute Shopping Spree at Sparta Sav-A-Lot,” Tina Lomax explained, and further stated the shopping spree will be funded through the donations as well as business contributions. “We will draw the winner live on our Facebook Page, on March 6, and the winner will get to run through the store filling their cart with as many items as they can at 9 a.m., on Saturday, March 13.”
“Our goal is to secure a permanent location for Seeds of Hope’s Coldest Nights Shelter to be able to offer services to the county’s homeless population year-round,” Lomax said, elaborating on the group’s goal and why fundraising efforts have increased this year. “We would also like to be able to hire employees. There is a lot of work that goes into ensuring that we are not only reaching all of the individuals and families in our county that are in need of our help but also in being sure they are getting directed to the right resources to help them continue to rise above their current circumstances and create a better future for themselves, but right now we don’t have funds to be able to ensure we have staff to do that. As of now, everyone is working on a volunteer basis.”
Donation checks can be made to Seeds of Hope of TN, and anyone interested in helping with the distribution of tickets or aiding the group through monetary, food, or supply donations, or volunteering their time is encouraged to stop by the offices at 234 King St., in Sparta, or to message Seeds of Hope of TN on Facebook or by text/call at (931) 303-6695.