Friday, September 15th was our first fundraising event for COYLI (Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative). The church was putting on a craft sale to raise money for for Grace’s Kitchen. Grace’s Kitchen serves meals three days a week to anyone in the community who needs a meal. We decided join them with our own table and sell the crafts we all worked so hard on. Gigi Baxstrom, and Annika Lewis, two very good friends of mine, sat up and ran our table for the night. I was very excited and nervous for the event, but I was mostly sad because I had a cross country meet in Durango that night, so I wasn’t able to be at the crafts sale.
I was excited to talk to them about how the event went. Gigi told me that a lot of people had bought most of the crafts, I was shocked, but I was also so happy and proud of us. We all put in so much effort. Gigi and Annika made time, even though they both had busy schedules, to sell our crafts. Gigi said that she was both excited and nervous, just like I was. I asked her how many people stopped by their table, both to look, and to buy. She said she estimated about twenty five to thirty people stopped by their table. That might not seem like a lot, but to us, that’s a great start, and hopefully that gets us closer to Haiti.
I asked her what she was most proud of during the craft sale. She said that she was very proud that they sold almost everything, and she was really happy that a lot of people liked the cards that she made, and were really sad when they sold out. I asked her if she would like to give a thank you, or a little shout out to the congregation. Gigi said, ‘I would like to say thank you for all your donations and support and thank you for just being there. I am really happy and proud to be part of such an amazing body of Christ.’ I would like to say thank you as well. I am so happy, and feel so blessed to be part of the St. Barnabas congregation. I am also happy to be a part of the community of Cortez, Colorado.