On Sunday, members of the community had a tasty opportunity to support an effort in Fairbury to build a new playground by Faith Lutheran Church.
Volunteers spent Sunday morning cooking up pancakes to raise money to reach their goal of $55,000 to construct and maintain the playground. Amber Arner, who helped to organize the event explained that the generosity of the community helped them take another step toward bringing this project to fruition.
“We’re in the process of raising money for the playground that we want to put up at Faith Lutheran Church,” said Arner. “We want it for the kids in the community and our kids at church. We want to get our kids out playing and being active.”
There were several items donated for a silent auction on Sunday, as well as a Dr. Suess quilt made by Cindy Shinn, which will be raffled off on November 23. People are still able to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the quilt. Faith Lutheran Church was able to raise over $3,000 Sunday, which will help the project to progress.
“I feel like this is something the community can come together for,” Arner said. “We can all come together and chip in and play a part in making Fairbury great!”
Arner explained that people who are interested in supporting this cause can contact her, or other members of the church. She emphasized that the money raised for this project is dedicated solely for use on constructing and maintaining the playground.
“If you would like to make a donation to this great cause, you can mail a check or drop something off at our church,” said Arner. “The address is 1630 I Street in Fairbury. None of those donations are going to the church. I just want to remind everyone that you’re not donating to our church; you’re donating to our project to do something to make the community better. This playground is for our community.”
Arner stated that she is grateful for all of the support she has seen for this project from the community and from local businesses. She encourages people to reach out to the group if they have any suggestions for the future of the project.
“If you have any ideas, or know of organizations that would like to help with these projects, we’d love to hear from you and come talk to you about our mission here,” Arner said. “I definitely want to thank the community for the support we’ve already received. We have a lot of businesses that have donated to our silent auction, and we have a lot of donors who have helped to make the pancake feed possible. We couldn’t do it without them, or without our church backing us or without our families behind us.”