Generosity runs deep in Starkville

You Raised $29,145 in THREE WEEKS!!!!

Which means we can also put on the needed gutters!!!

You Raised $29,145 in 3 weeks!

Last year, you saved one family's home...

Our Holiday Helping Hands Campaign raised enough money to save one Starkville family's home last year. This year, we have the opportunity to raise a roof for our entire community. The J. L. King center is located in Westside Park, right in the middle of Starkville's largest public housing neighborhood. Dr. Joan Butler, "The Woman with the Golden Pen," as I call her, has secured over half a million dollars in grant funding to provide programming on literacy, health, job preparation, and violence prevention that could be housed in exactly the neighborhood with the highest needs. There is only one problem...the roof is leaking like crazy. 

Unfortunately, none of the grant money can be used for building repairs. But I have faith that people in Starkville understand something: WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. What happens in our lowest-income neighborhoods impacts our schools, our real estate, and our ability to recruit businesses. We need to care deeply about the entire community in order for it to continue to thrive.

I received three estimates for a new roof, and the middle estimate by local contractor Redwood Roofing seems the most reasonable. We need to raise $28,000 by December 28th to meet our goal. I KNOW that there are at least twenty-eight individuals, practitioners, churches, or organizations in Starkville who will help meet this goal. I also know there are hundreds of families who want to send a gift to our entire community this season.

Already, local businesses have stepped up, like Brantley Johnson at Climate Control, who will remove the heat/ac units and replace them on the new roof at the cost of rental for machines needed to do the job. He is also asking his distributor to consider donating new units, as the ones on the building are insufficient for that space. There are dozens of ways to help. Get the word out, share this story with the media and on social media, and come to our Holiday Open House on December 8th from 5-7pm to see the possibilities. 

I believe in my community. I believe this project is as good as completed! I know we will step up, reach deep, and perform a good, old-fashioned, roof raising. 

Let's raise a roof for our entire community this season!

Look who Raised the Roof!

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Community Game Changers

Climate Control Heating and Cooling

Starkville Radiology

Redwood Roofing

Community Champions

Kyle and Jessica Ivy

Christina Lucas at Tom Smith Land and Realty

Dr. Travis and Mrs. Jamie Methvin

Dr. Chris and Mrs. Meredith Shapley

Dr. Will and Mrs. Missy Carter

Drs. Cameron and Mary Paige Huxford

Dr. Harry and Mrs. Robin Holiday

Phi Mu Sorority

Brian McCaskill of State Farm

Copy Cow - Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Rob Snell

Difference Makers

Mike and Mary Love Taggart

Dr. Andrew Martin

William Wells Tire and Auto

Jerry and Mary-Kay Belant

Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Kathy Brandon

Drs. Ava Stegall andJohn Lamberth

Community Advocate

Sandra Price

Wendy and George Ansel

Martha Wells

Brenda Kirkland

Worker Bees Cleaning

Steve and Ellen Ramp

Dipangkar Dutta

Joan Porter

Cat and Trip Walker

Tammy and John Gammill

Deborrah and Johnny Wray

Carolyn and Mark Goodman

Dennis and Jeanie Truax

Kary and Jim Davidson

Mandi and Will Sanders

Carolyn Abadie

Costume Party

Devon Brenner

Whitmey Sansers

Peter and Tammy Allen

Ed Clinch

Shirley and Matt Ross

Kim Richardson

Daniel, Karla, Cade, and Carver Morgan

Bert Coker

Shay McDonnall

Demitrius Brown

Susan and Jason Murphy

Thrive Health

Anne Marshall and Jim Gieson

Kristine Evans

Cheryl Conlee

Mann and Mandy Conrad

Lisa and Robert Long

Amanda and Scott Gronewold

Nicole Thomas

Whitney Hilton and Randall McMillen

Elizabeth Cagle

Duane and Diana Lyon

Pam Jones

McReynolds Orthodontics

Robert and Charlotte Long

Fay Parker

Copurtney and Ed Swann

Marty and Rowan Haug

Blair Reed

Lori and Brad Staton

Dr. Ramon Osario and Mrs. Yaraly Osorio-Espinoza

Carmen and John Rogers

Hiroko and Torston Clay

Megan Bean and Ben Harvey

Julia Osman

Xiaoling Tong

Lynn Peterson

Brandy Akers

Karina Zelaya

PAttie Molen

Stephanie Holcombe

Douglas Feig

Dana Lewis

Andrea Bhatia

Amy Counterman

Marion Sansing

Bonnie and Doug Feig

Catina Williams

Cassandra Lippillo

Mary-Kay Belant

Rob Snell

Simone Hinz

Christina Brown

Catherine Pierce and Michael Kardos

Kristan Durst

Dana Lewis

Audrey McBride

Hilary Rendon

Mais Ammari

Anna Martin 

Embry Burrus

Stephen and Marchelle Brain

 The Dorcas Class at First Baptist Church

Elizabeth LeMay

Catherine Boyd

Kate and Paul Fabel

Catherine and James Schiller

David Hoffman and Amy Moe-Hoffman

Betty Durst

Karina Zelaya

Christina Brown

Anita Bush

Catherine Boyd

Embry Burrus

Nelson and Alicia Olivier

Amy Counterman

Madeline Yoste

Catina Williams

Cassie Lapillo

Anita Dean

Rahel Mathews

Lisa Watlington

Harold Williams

Ronald Gatewood

Edith McMillan

Faye and Tom Fisher

Dr. Jeremy and Mrs. Keely Screws

John and Virginia Hakness

Anita Dean

Devin Christian

Helping Hands

Starkville Dispatch

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Holiday Helping Hands 2017

731 Ridgewood Rd.

Starkville, Mississippi 39759

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