Seasons 4 Christ holds fundraisers

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Be it spring, summer, winter or fall, there are always opportunities to help those in need.

That’s the message a group of local citizens wants to spread through a new non-profit organization called Seasons 4 Christ.

&uot;Our Seasons 4 Christ team will plan a fundraiser for a different organization during each of the four seasons of the year,&uot; says Vesta Taylor, spokesperson for the organization.

The group plans to kick off with a high flying goal.

&uot;Our first fundraiser is going to be for Pilots for Christ, a non-profit group of volunteer pilots. These folks fly those in need of critical medical services free of charge, along with transporting ministers and missionaries. They depend solely on donations,&uot; explains Taylor.

Taylor, the owner of Alissa’s Closet downtown, is excited to see this new effort get off the ground with generous local support already falling into place.

More than 20 local businesses have already given sponsorships to help finance a cookbook to be used as a fundraiser for the organization, Taylor says.

&uot;We have a wonderful hard-bound cookbook in the works, also called ‘Seasons 4 Christ’, that will feature recipes geared toward each season of the year with Scripture quotes spread throughout. Our sponsors have submitted most of the recipes and will be credited for their submissions. This cookbook is going to make a wonderful gift idea.&uot;

Seasons 4 Christ is currently selling Little Ceasar’s Pizza kits, French bread kits, cookie dough kits and other items to raise additional funds to go to charity. The kits will be delivered to Taylor’s business on April 23.

&uot;The first $1,000 we raise from the kits will go to Pilots for Christ and anything above that will go to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham,&uot; Taylor explains.

The decision on which worthy causes to support is a team decision, says Taylor. &uot;We collect info on these different organizations and discuss them. One thing we do know, we hope to raise money for several different children’s hospitals because this is something we all like and support strongly.&uot;

A &uot;Grand Day&uot; is planned for mid-summer at the Greenville Airport with a representative from Pilots for Christ slated to be on hand with one of their planes.

&uot;We want to offer food, fun and gospel music that day. We want it to be a great day for everyone involved. We have hopes our cookbooks will be ready and available for sale that day. And we’ll also be selling our logo item, the pink cross, which stands for the ‘t’ in Christ, Our hope is to see ladies all over Greenville wearing those crosses – what a great way to get the message of the organization across,&uot; Taylor explains.

Taylor hopes to see even more businesses join the ranks of cookbook sponsors and supporters of the cause.

&uot;We truly appreciate all those who have already become sponsors and welcome any others who would like to join us. As our ‘grand day’ approaches this summer, we will share the list of team members and sponsors – right now, we are still building our list.

&uot;We have a great team in place of people helping with this. We’ve also had folks simply volunteer to pitch in and help as needed, which is great. We are very excited about this opportunity. Terry Chapman of Pilots for Christ has already sent a big ‘thank you’ to the community for doing this.&uot;

Taylor invites anyone interested on becoming an official Seasons 4 Christ sponsor, or who simply wants to donate time or money to a good cause, to contact her at 382-1911 or stop in at Alissa’s Closet.