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Highlight of the Month – March 2010

bessieWho is Bessie Sunday?

You can contact Bessie via e-mail at  Allis-his@att.net or, you can call her at 707/287-3528 or 707/263-4266.

Our relationship with Bessie Sunday began one day through the Freecycle group (which we will speak to in next month’s newsletter). Bessie realized that people were in need of specific items and people were offering to give specific items, but the two were having a tough time connecting with each other; herein is where Bessie works her magic. (Or shall we call it her blessing?) Bessie feels it her calling to help those who desire to give, to connect with those in need – and she does a great job of it!

Bessie collects clothing, food, furniture, household items and much more, and with the help of wonderful volunteers, the items are sorted and placed with individuals and families in need. Bessie used to keep boxes upon boxes of items in her home and in her van. She would then drive to visible locations on the weekends and display what she had for people to take freely. Word of mouth spread and when a family was in need, they would look for Bessie at the locations she frequented. Bessie is now able to work from TnT Storage in Kelseyville so that she has a central site to receive and distribute the inventory.

Bessie was born in Savannah Georgia and was raised in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. She and her family moved to Lake County 22 years ago. Bessie is very involved with her church and her faith that she will be able to continue her work, comes from her belief that she has been called to and can make a difference in the lives of others. Bessie has a seemingly unlimited amount of beautiful energy, and she continually hunts down, sorts and distributes items to families in need. It is a pleasure to witness her with coffee cup in hand, taking in donations, directing her volunteers, sorting items, checking on the computer, and giving out donations while chatting and singing beautifully the whole time.

The stories I hear from Bessie are heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. I hear many stories of single mothers who have Nothing for their homes; no dishes, no beds, no chairs or tables, no washer and dryer, no refrigerator – it is all they can do to keep a roof over their babies’ heads. To these people in need, our items which we plan to take to the dump, are in the truest sense “treasures”. I hear of people who are disabled or elderly and are on fixed incomes who would like a working television, or a bookshelf, or even a comfortable chair. I hear of people who have suffered devastating losses due to the economy who would like some clothes to wear to job interviews. Most stories tell of a heartbreaking situation but it makes you smile when you hear how grateful the recipients are. Many of these people in need do not have the luxury of a computer, nor do they have the skills to work one – their only means of locating resources are friends and word of mouth.

All of Bessie’s work relies on donations, even the fuel for her vehicle – if there is no fuel, the van does not move. Bessie is able to locate and distribute many of the items through Freecycle, accessed via an internet connection which she pays for out of pocket. She must also maintain a cell phone account so that people can contact her. Bessie feels this work is her calling and therefore, has ceased her work as an independent contractor-auditor to allow her to be available for those in need. If you have items that you would like to donate, if you are in need, if you know of someone in need, or if you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact Bessie at allis-his@att.net or 707/287-3528 or 707/263-4266.

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elise September 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Just trying to help a family who had a house fire. The article is in in the record bee. Here is their name and phone number:
For more information regarding donations please contact Tyreshia Celestin-Willis at 295-4382.

Here is the link to the article:
http://www.record-bee.com/lakecountynews/ci_15969984

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