On June 8, WARM held its 3rd Adoption Day/ Yard Sale/ BBQ fundraiser at the Waccamaw Pottery on 501. This event has grown each year and we saw a 22 percent increase this year over 2012. Our goal this year was to raise enough money to replace our 15- to 23-year-old dog pens that are now rusting away.
It was a great event and we raised a very large part of what we need for the pens. The success of this event resulted from the collaborative effort of many people and businesses, who I would like to thank.
First of all, thank you to our local community that really stepped up to support this event. The donations poured in for the yard sale – much more than we had anticipated. This third year was, by far, the largest yard sale we have had. We were amazed at the quantity and quality of the items donated; the room was filled with everything from sports and exercise equipment, bedroom and patio furniture, grills, lighting fixtures, rugs, small appliances, electronic equipment, home décor, bedding, books, pet supplies, medical supplies and so many more items.
Then on the day of the event, the community again was there with their support. The shoppers were there to open the doors and quickly found many treasures and great bargains.
Thanks to Waccamaw Center for allowing us to hold our fundraiser on their property. It was a great location – we had a huge area to display all of the yard sale items with plenty of room to spare for our Bake Sale and BBQ and a nice covered area for our adoptable dogs
• Thank you to DHR Signs, who has provided road signs and banners for WARM’s fundraisers for many years.
• Thanks to Chick-Fil-A at Carolina Forest for providing lunch for our hardworking volunteers and to all the businesses and churches that donated to the event – Costco, Kroger, Lowes Foods, WalMart, Food Lion, Clarion Hotel, Christ United Methodist Church, Carolina Forest Community Church, Unlimited Sanitation and Conway Rental Center.
• Thank you to all our friends in the news media that provided weeks of exposure on the air and in the newspapers and magazines to help spread the word about this event: The Sun News/ Myrtle Beach Herald; Horry Independent; Carolina Forest Chronicle: SC Woman’s Magazine; Sasee; Grand Strand Magazine; Myrtle Beach Calendar; WEZV Easy Radio and Diane at Six; WBTW; WMBF; WPDE; WFXB; and HTC.
• Lastly, a very special thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this event, who gave so much of their time and worked many hours before and during this fundraiser. It takes a large number of volunteers to host this type of event and WARM is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers.
Thank you all for opening your hearts and giving so generously in so many ways – your hard work, your time, your donations, your monetary support. WARM is an all-volunteer, no-kill, 501(c)3 shelter that operates totally on donations and fundraising.
The writer, a WARM volunteer, lives in Myrtle Beach