Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
That 25th July is a day for people to share what they can and pick up what they need!
And that we are still looking for people to help on Friday and Saturday.
Final interview with Craig Orndorff 23rd July at 9.00am on WSVG 790AM
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Would you like to help with a pick-up area at the Market
If you want to volunteer or get more information, please phone Bill (540 325 2961) or Ann (540 933 6313)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
'Thank you' to everyone.
Businesses and Corporations:
SHENTEL (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company), Edinburg
for Bouncey Castle and pre-Market video advert.
CHURCH MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Merrill, WI
SHAFFER'S BARBECUE SERVICE INC., Woodstock
WHOLESOME FOODS, Edinburg
for supplies and ice.
VALLEYHEALTH Wellness Services, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK
for free financial advice at the Market.
FOOD LION, Woodstock
WAZT TV, Woodstock
SHENANDOAH VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, Mount Crawford
FARM BUREAU FEDERATION & INSURANCE SERVICES, Woodstock
CRACKER BARREL, Woodstock
VALLEY FETILIZER & CHEMICAL Co., Mount Jackson
FIRST BANK, Shenandoah County
WSVG 790 radio, Mount Jackson
DUPONT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
FINE LINE INC., Maurertown
C.E.THOMPSON & Sons, Edinburg
DELLINGER FUNERAL HOMES, Shenandoah County
for $200 donation.
VALLEYHEALTH, Every Woman's Life coordinator, Winchester
FOUR STAR PRINTING, Woodstock
SHENANDOAH'S PRIDE, Mount Crawford / DEAN FOOD, Texas
APPALACHIAN TRUCK SERVICE Inc, Edinburg
ANTHONY'S PIZZA, Woodstock
DOMINO'S PIZZA, Woodstock
NORTHERN VIRGINIA DAILY, Strasburg
GEORGE'S INC., Edinburg
DUNKIN' DONUTS, Woodstock for 100's of donuts.
THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY-HERALD, Woodstock
Edinburg Boy Scouts
for clean-up after the market.
The Antique Tractor Club, Edinburg
for the use of the Park, the sagacity of the Mayor, and the wonderful work of its many Departments.
Shenandoah County for the use of the Edinburg Parks and Recreation facilities.
The Free Clinic, Woodstock
for their presence at the Health Fair.
for cooking and serving lunch and for all their hard work.
Moose Lodge 575, Woodstock
Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Edinburg
United States Forest Service, Edinburg
Shenandoah County Department of Social Services, Woodstock
Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Madeira Beach, FL
The American Cancer Society for sending their Community Manager to the Health Fair.
Virginia State Police for providing safety advice and child fingerprinting.
Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts (VECCA), Woodstock
Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Edinburg
Humane Society of Shenandoah County, Edinburg
Shenandoah County Sherriff's Office, Crime Prevention Unit, Woodstock
The Dairy Farm Families of the South East for providing materials through SUDIA.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2447, Edinburg
North Shenandoah Ruritan Club, Strasburg
Shenandoah County Library
for pencils, lollipops and bookmarks.
Churches and Church Groups:
Edinburg Christian Church CMF
for transport of goods to Market.
Edinburg Christian Church CWF
for organizing the clothing pick-up area.
Wakeman's Grove Church of the Brethren, Edinburg
for hot dogs and water.
United Methodist Wesley Chapel, Edinburg
for $100 donation from their Women's Group.
Antioch Church of the Brethren, Woodstock
for ketchup, mustard and napkins.
Chi Rho group, Edinburg Christian Church
for making signs for the pick-up areas of the Market.
Libby Rocco (tel:540-459-5951) for coordinating on-stage entertainment.
Pam Sheets (Director of Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation) and her staff for welcoming our event and the extra work and headaches associated with it.
Dan Harshman (Mayor of Edinburg) for his ongoing encouragement and advice.
David Ferguson for a table full of cans of green beans and corn.
John & Fran, Fort Valley for donation.
Ken & Brenda, Edinburg for donation.
Sharon Spangler for her Spanish fluency and willingness to help.
Sharon Hollar for her network and support.
Sandra Himelright for spreading the word in the Strasburg area.
The congregation of Edinburg Christian Church for their multiple contributions.
Rhoda Watson for her many gifts.
Janet and CF, Edinburg for donation.
Janet Grubbs, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Chesapeake, VA for her expertise and interest.
Melissa Andrews for securing donation.
Zane and Jean, Edinburg for donation.
Anna Belle, Fort Valley for Chester the Jester.
Monday, June 1, 2009
but the Market does not start until 8 am.
Left Over Items
We appreciate that some organizations are not set up to donate goods or services, but would like to assist with a cash donation.
Be assured this is not a fund-raising event. Every cent donated will be used to add to what is available for needy families at the Market.
Checks should be made to Edinburg Christian Church with the notation 'For the benefit of the Edinburg Really Really Free Market.' Edinburg Christian Church is a 501c3 entity.
24th July 3-8pm
Transporting donated goods to the Park.
Organizing pick-up areas.
Transporting people to the Market.
Helping keep the pick-up areas loaded and tidy,
loading goods out of the market.
FINAL PLANNING MEETING
7 pm Edinburg Christian Church
210 Center Street
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
We have no doubt that there will be plenty of clothing, furniture, books, household goods and toys brought by people who are happy to give away items that they no longer need. We will be appealing to people with fresh garden produce to bring any they can spare. And we are searching for other food and consumables that people in need can pick up for nothing.
There will be range of free medical screening and health care advice, social services information and free financial advice. There will be child DNA recording and finger-printing and safety advice.
We want to create a fun day out, with food and lots to enjoy. We are approaching local businesses, corporations and organizations to see what help they can provide. This is a new venture for our area. We know that we are touching a nerve. People are eager to help.
We also know this is something far bigger than the small group of people with the original idea. What we have so far achieved is due in large part to those who have joined us.
There are people up and down the county who need a Really Really Free Market. Can you help? Do you have goods to give away? A truck to help haul? Do you know needy people who you can bring to the Market? Can you help organize, lift or tote? Do you have wonderful ideas or useful contacts we know nothing about?
Problem 1 - Too much stuff!
Are you out of closet space? Is your basement crammed with boxes that the movers carried in years ago but you have never got around to unpacking? Are your rafters groaning under the weight of stuff that you know you will never use but which is far too good to throw away? Do your kids have enough spare school supplies to sink a battleship? Do you have too many clothes? Too many books? Toys and clothes that your children have outgrown? Duplicate tools? Things that your kids left behind when they left home which somehow they now see as yours?
Wouldn't your life be easier if only you could find a good home for all the stuff you really don't need?
The solution? Unclutter your home, your shed, and your garage. Bring your good stuff to the Edinburg Really Really Free Market, and let someone who needs it take it home.
Wouldn't it give you a warm feeling to know it had found a good home?
Wouldn't you just revel in that extra space?
Problem 2 - Not enough stuff!
Have your children outgrown the clothes they have, but you have no money to buy them what they need? Are you without basic furniture? Is your family short of household items? Food? School supplies? Toys?
When was the last time you could afford a day out with hot dogs, snacks and entertainment?
We are not promising Busch Gardens, but the Edinburg Really Really Free Market will be a fun event with food, music and entertainment. The day is absolutely free. Pick up whatever you can use. Truly, everything is free. This includes health, social service, financial and safety advice.
Coming together to make it happen
People are only too aware of the financial difficulties besetting their neighbors in Shenandoah County. There are many parents out of work, and many families who have lost their home.
This is a difficult and sad summer for many people. It would be very easy to decide that the problem is just too big.
We know we cannot solve all of the problems with a single event, but surely we can help! This is the momentum behind the Edinburg Really Really Free Market.
If everyone gives what they can, together we can make a huge difference.
We are looking to businesses and corporations, church and civic groups to provide the snacks, services and entertainment. Some are donating their services, some are donating goods, and some are helping with the costs of mounting and advertizing the event.
NOW, we need the help of hundreds of people across Shenandoah County to make the huge free yard sale a reality.
Get on board! Spread the word!
[Adapted from an article on shenandoah.com (June 25-28)]
With the Market days away, we sometimes get fixated on what we cannot control- Will we have enough furniture, clothing and supplies to meet people's needs? Who will come? Will we have enough food? Will we have enough help?
At such times, it is good to remember how much of our dream is already in place, and to remind ourselves of the perils of dreaming too small! To this end we leave you with the story of The Moth who Fell in Love with a Star.