Tears and cheers were the order of the day as the benefit for Dorothy Carpenter kicked off Saturday about noon. The cheers were for Dorothy, who is bravely fighting paralysis in both legs. The tears were not of sadness, but were tears of joy, as she felt the love being projected by the crowds, which numbered over 200.
With the auction outside, and live music provided by the J.W. Hardin band inside, a good time was had by all. The auction started at 1:00 pm with black clouds threatening off to the west. By the time the storm hit, the auction was just completed, as though God was holding it back so the maximum was realized at the auction. It was successful way beyond expectations as over $2000 was raised by friends, neighbors and folks from outside the area looking for bargains, then bidding more just to help out. One woman auctioned off herself as a housekeeper for a week, then insisted her boyfriend bid higher, to avoid someone else having her services. They both won.
The last items sold, everyone dashed inside or to their cars as the heavens opened up, lightning flashed and thunder roared it's approval of a day gone good. Inside the beer flowed, the joint rocked and everyone had a great time. This community really pulls together when a person is in trouble, as exhibited time and time again.
Photo by Taryn Hecker Thonpson.
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