Chairished Blessings fundraiser helps those who have fallen on hard times

Chairished Blessings fundraiser helps those who have fallen on hard times
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 4:30 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:07 PM CST

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) in Nacogdoches is all about guiding people toward a purposeful life.

Somewhat like repurposing furniture to support the agency’s biggest fundraiser, coming up in February.

“Chairished Blessings’ has a play with words but the mission involves a lot of dedicated work.

The Nacogdoches Love In the Name of Christ warehouse has no shortage of very used furniture. Most arrived in 2021, the first full year of the pandemic.

“A lot of folks were home going thru all their things,” said executive director Patti Goodrum. “And we have an abundance of things that will be at Chairished Blessings this year because we’ve been holding onto them.”

The time was used productively by volunteers who transform the worse for wear furniture to usefulness.

“This is a dresser with two drawers, and it did not have a top,” said volunteer Jim Fleming. “So, we made the top and put this decorated trim. Now it’s ready for a client.”

Volunteer Frank Whitehead explains the real reason behind their labor.

“Our enjoyment is being able to do that. Being able to repurpose things as God has repurposed us.”

“Our warehouse ministry is about giving most of the furniture that we get to our clients first if they can use it. And then secondly, we sell it,” assured Goodrum.

Chairished Blessings did not happen last year, but two financial assistance programs related to COVID 19 and the winter storm left coffers low. Chairished Blessings will come to life thanks to generous corporate sponsorship from Cal-Tex and Pilgrim’s Pride.

“Everything we make for the fundraiser will be complete profit and that will really help our bottom line,” Goodrum said.

That in turn can provide volunteers a purpose and clients down on their luck a brighter future.

The last remaining tickets for the Feb.11 Chairished blessings are on sale now. They can be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling Love INC., 936-569-8555.

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