For the last few years, GAP has had an annual furniture sale for our clients. Monday, August 19th was this year’s sale. It was a huge success in spite of the rain we had in the morning. Sunday evening we had 2 large moving trucks and a large trailer pull into GAP full of new and gently used furniture. We are grateful to our partnering churches in GA, Smoke Rise Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Augusta, for all the furniture they provided. Burnout victims were allowed to select items for an entire house free of charge, while other clients could purchase 3 items at low prices. The finances generated by this sale go into a special fund to help clients in emergency situations.
The day was filled with families finding items that they were in need of, but it was one of the last clients that God sent on Monday that really touched all of our hearts. This client was a grandmother raising four of her grandchildren who is in need of mattresses. They did not have enough beds for the kids to sleep on and had no furniture in the living room to sit on. Unfortunately,by this time in the day, we did not have any mattresses left to give her. However, we were apple to provide her with a sofa/sleeper, recliner and a couple other chairs. This family was so appreciative. They threw their arms around our necks and would hardly let go of Brenda and Kathy while all the time saying, “Thank you, thank you! All we can say is thanks be to God! For He is Jehovah Jireh! It is He who provides!”
Once again thank you to all who donated furniture in GA and the men from Smoke Rise Baptist Church who worked all day loading furniture into the vehicles of some happy clients. A special thanks to the three staff members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY who came in for a visit of GAP and worked as personal shoppers during this event.