Campground Fundraiser Helps Tornado Victims

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June 14, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination resort in Georgia, raised approximately $1,227 in a disaster relief fundraiser for the storm victims of Eclectic, Ala. The business also filled three trailers and multiple trucks of donated every-day use items and food to be given to victims, according to a news release.

“It was a pleasure working with Pine Mountain in this effort and we hope the donations help many families. We think the fundraiser was successful and want to give a big thanks to everyone who donated and participated in moving the donations,” said Lamar Richardson, president of Heaven's Saints Motorcycle Ministry (HSMM) and Alabama state representative.

Pine Mountain worked with HSMM, a national Christian motorcycle organization, who raised an additional $2,570 in cash donations from Calvary Tabernacle Assembly in Smiths Station, Ala., Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and HSMM family and friends.

The donations were driven to Eclectic for two days, starting on May 19 with HSMM. Jim Anderson, general manager of Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination, said the monetary donations are still trickling in and they are continuing to send these.

All donations were given to Agape Assembly of God church, located in Eclectic. The church administration is using the money to purchase furniture and pay for hotel rooms for people who lost their homes from the damaging April tornadoes, as well as distributing the item donations to people through an on-site store and via deliveries. The church is helping in the recovery process particularly for Myers Country Estate, a trailer park that was destroyed by a tornado.

“With the help of our home church (Agape Assembly) and the assistance of its pastor, Joe Creamer, we have been able to coordinate deliveries, set up a store and arrange distribution of all donations through the use of this facility," said Denise Grier, HSMM representative and church member/fundraising coordinator. "Community volunteers have worked tirelessly since May 21 alongside (HSMM) chapter members, making an array of phone calls – from contacting victims to coordinating donation deliveries – and stocking shelves, packaging and arranging items for delivery to families, and continually meeting the needs of the people.”

Anderson explained how gratifying it was to see guests and others from Pine Mountain work together voluntarily for this cause to support the Alabama cities “that are only a couple hours from us.”

Pine Mountain, an RVC Outdoor Destination, is located at 8804 Hamilton Road in Pine Mountain, Ga. They can be reached at (706) 663-4329.

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