Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County for the fourth year provided meals to individuals and local businesses as a way to raise money.
The Picnic Box Lunch Sale offered 296 boxed meals made of turkey, ham or vegetable sandwiches, potato chips, pickles, cookies and water. Lunches cost $10 and were provided by Jimmy John’s.
“This is a win, win, win situation,” Cindy Black, Good Sam executive director, said in an email correspondence. “It is simple, it is helping GSC and it is fun. And we can’t leave out the food is great.”
Black said the fundraiser grossed $4,000. Money will go toward client services for county residents.
“It is very significant for GSC in many ways,” Black said. “Of course, the funds it provides for GSC to use to help our clients, but also for the presence in our community. It gives us an opportunity to be visible and let our community supporters know that we are active in raising funds, not just asking for funds to be donated.”
Meals were distributed in Tellico Village, at Good Sam, during the Committee of 100 meeting at The Venue at Lenoir City and to local businesses.
From noon-1 p.m., volunteers were busy handing out 105 boxed meals to passersby at First Baptist Church in Tellico Village.
“It’s just fun to see all this in the Village,” Carol Williams, Good Sam volunteer, said. “We’ve all been housebound.”
Williams said turnout was big this year due to online sales.
“With this year — I don’t know if it’s because it was Jimmy John’s or the people having the opportunity just to get out a little bit,” she said.
Mary Ann Blank, Good Sam volunteer, said the simplicity of the fundraiser drums up needed support for a good cause.
“We had over 100 orders from Tellico Village,” Blank said. “I delivered to businesses in Loudon before coming here, and another gal was delivering to businesses in Lenoir City. Some are picking up also at Good Sam.”
Black thanked sponsors United Community Bank, Bart Howell Agency, Amanda DeBord at Edward Jones Investments and Dane Ogden State Farm Insurance.
“We had several corporate sponsors that helped with the actual costs of the event and allows for more money going directly to GSC to help with client services,” Black said.