As the grand finale of Relay for Life kicks off this weekend with a community-wide event at Maryville College, participants will see some teams with fundraising totals in the thousands and ten-thousands. Many groups work for months before the June 3-4 Relay for Life, raising money through everything from bake sales to bike rides.
Three events that Blount Today covered showed the range of things that can be done to raise money for cancer research.
At Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, which always has a strong showing at Relay, the Trash and Treasures sales draws the community and strong donations for their Relay team.
n The annual Trash and Treasure sale at the church on April 30 was a record-breaking day for their Relay team.
“We did $5,763.45, which was $1,000 more than last year,” said team captain Linda Smith. “It was a wonderful, record-breaking day.”
The interest in the sale grows every year, said Smith. “This year we had so many customers we had to do overflow parking. A lot of people were lined up at the door at 7:30 a.m., and we didn’t open until 8 a.m.. It gets bigger and better each year.”
Smith said the event depends on donations from church members, but often folks in the community also give the household items, furniture, appliances, toys and clothing that are sold.
“We take our donations on the Friday before the sale. It was just fantastic. People from all over Blount County brought donations. It was a community effort,” she said. “Lots of people pitched in and helped, some who weren’t even church members. The displaying and sorting of all that stuff is an insurmountable job. We just appreciate so much those who helped us raise the money. We are looking for the cure.”
Smith also thanked the Knox Area Rescue Ministries personnel for picking up the items not sold for their thrift store in Knoxville. The ministry also gives the church vouchers for its Benevolence Committee.