My husband and I traveled two hours to his hometown of Wickes, Arkansas this weekend to attend a benefit for his mother who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in July. She is a self employed beautician with no insurance, so medical costs are beginning to mount up.
Wickes is a small rural town and it with the surrounding community have around 2,000 people. Most people in this area are either farmers or work shift jobs at the local chicken plant. There are not many if any professionals or CEOs in this area. They are just down home good country people.
We were at the benefit, which included a donation only meal, a raffle drawing for a four wheeler trailer, and an auction, for 6 1/2 hours. In that time period the donation meal raised 4,000 dollars, the raffle raised 1,500 dollars and the auction raised around 11,000 dollars. For a grand total of about 16,000 dollars. It was a awe inspiring and very humbling experience.
Many of the things that were auctioned were small items- such as cakes and pies- that auctioned for a 100 or 200 dollars. Many people even bought back the items they brought then gave them away.
It was an amazing night and when the total was announced our family just sat there and cried. It was unbelievable how this small community has so much love and appreciation for its members that they would do something so wonderful.
There ARE good people left on this earth who are still willing to give the shirt off their back to help another. I feel blessed to know these people and to have been a part of such a phenomenal event.