Helping for the holidays

Youth council hosts annual spaghetti dinner and auction.
Nov. 22, 2013 @ 06:42 AM

The Forest City Youth Council held its annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser at Crestview Baptist Church on Thursday. All of the money raised during the dinner will go to provide Christmas presents for those less fortunate. 

Members of the council, which represent all of the high schools in Rutherford County, worked as the wait staff for the dinner and the spaghetti was provided by Forest City Fish Camp.

"I love it. It's fun getting to help people," said Farrin Eddy, a junior at East Rutherford High School. "I enjoy working with people and I'm looking forward to giving presents out to the needy families." 

The council members began asking for donations for the silent auction items months ago. Items included gift certificates from restaurants, manicures, massages, pet items, candles, hair products and much more. 

"Last year we raised almost $5,000 and we were able to help about 60 people. That is our goal this year to raise $5,000 again," Steve Holland, facilitator of the youth council told those in attendance. "I just ask you to open your heart up and help us." 

Cragan Hardin, a student at East Rutherford, also talked about her experience giving presents to a family in Sunshine last Christmas. The council purchased a stove for the family and bought their child some Lego blocks.

"When we brought all of these things to them they sat and cried. It's crazy that somebody could cry over a stove which is something it seems like everybody should have. They were so thankful for everything we did for them," Hardin said. "Without you guys being here tonight, donating the money and doing the silent auction items, we wouldn't be able to make these people's Christmases so special." 

Once the money from the dinner and auction is collected, the council will start the shopping process for the families. They will purchase items on their Christmas lists, wrap them and deliver them to the homes.