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It was about this time in 2009 that our small group saw a need in our community and rallied together to come up with an idea to help one family! Four months later we were running our very first Cornhole For Community event. At the end of that day we wrote a check for $1950 to a family that was overwhelmed, first they were overwhelmed by life, next they were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community!
Since that time C4C has given away nearly $28,000 (!!!) through four major events. We have served families, neighbors and organizations with a desire to be a blessing wherever we can be.
But, Build the house is unique in many ways for C4C. 1) in previous years it was always about just raising as much as we can. There would be no disappointments because there was no goal. 2) C4C beneficiaries have always been new people, people that we built a relationship with because of the event and their needs 3) there is less stress when you are just a community group trying to help others.
However, this year, we certainly have a goal! We need to raise the money to fund Benjamin’s house. C4C team has been more focused, more intentional and more outgoing than any other year, that’s because our goal this year is bigger than any number we have ever raised. Do we think we can do it. . . there is always some doubt, but we know the people that support us. We know our community, we know we can get there. At the end of the next couple of days we need to receive nearly $13,000 to reach our goal. Please help us do that! Play in the tournament, eat the food from the food truck, bid up the auction prize that you know someone else wants and GIVE at the event or through that button on the upper left corner of this page!
Additionally, this year is different because of the family we are helping. This is a family that is very special to my family and our community. This is a family that has had a year of stress, and uncertainty, mingled in with a mix of joys and blessing and through it all never lost faith in the plan that God has for them and the mission that they are on. Their desire to love orphaned children thousands of miles away through a safe and nurturing environment is just a small picture into the compassion that they have. I was with them early on after they found out about Benjamin’s impending issues, I was with them in the hospital after her water broke earlier than normal and later I met baby Ben – created just the way God intended. It’s through his short, but impactful life that many people will be touched.
As of August of 2014 Caring for Community became an IRS recognized 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit, with that comes great responsibility. But the process of doing so has driven us to a place where we are even more determined to have meaningful impact in Mansfield and all around. The status has opened several doors this year that didn’t get the attention that we’ve gotten in the past. We look forward to serving the people of our community for many years to come.
Looking forward to a great event tomorrow, with great people around us, benefiting a great cause. Please join us in any way possible!
J. D. Thompson
Director – Caring for Community
In late summer of 2013, expecting parents of their second child got news at a 20 week appointment that would cause them to make the first of what would be MANY decisions that would not only shape their lives, but the lives of their family and friends and now nearly a year and a half later countless others. When Todd and Jill went to that appointment the excitement of a growing baby quickly turned to numbness with the nervousness that they saw in the technicians face. By the end of several days with doctors they learned that not only did their little boy have a diaphragmatic hernia but something was seriously wrong with his heart, as in half of it wasn’t there.
The decisions started right there. Who do we see? Where do we need to go? Over the next 20 weeks the decisions didn’t stop, they just got harder. Plenty of advice told them this baby had no chance. Lots of “experts” said give up.
Not only did they not give up, they fought harder. Fought harder in faith and fought harder in prayers, which in turn rubbed off on little baby Benjamin Graham when he was born on Jan 4th, 2014. To look at Ben, he was perfect. In the absence of a backdrop of a NICU, and the monitors and wires attached to him he looked like any other blessing. In Ben’s 33 days of life, 33 more days than most people thought it would be, he and his family had great impact on so many people at Texas Children’s Hospital and beyond.
Upon Benjamin’s last breath on Feb 6, 2014 a campaign began to create a lasting memory honoring his life. Through Family Legacy and their Tree of Life Village development in Lusaka, Zambia, Benjamin’s House will continue to fight for the abandoned and orphaned kids in Africa. Benjamin’s House will be one of 12 houses, each housing 12 young children and staff to support the social, educational, and physical needs.
Caring for Community is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this story. We are small non-profit organization focused on supporting our local community. This year we get to do that by honoring a great family and very special young boy, who displayed unimaginable courage through fears, confusion, and doubt.
Please join us by supporting them as well, a local community with a global view – C4C2014: Build The House!