Creative fundraising helps pay for mission trips, Grant relay

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz


The feathers are a flying in Grant County these days.

A flock of wild birds, ranging in colors from hot pink to deep purple, have been popping up in yards all over the county. The birds stay a day or two and then for a small fee will move on.

The “You’ve Been Flocked” campaign is a fundraising effort by Williamstown Baptist Church to raise $32,000 to send five adults and 15 youth group members to a mission camp in Haiti this summer.

“This is our first time to take an international trip and we’re excited,” said Deanna Cummins, youth leader at WBC.

For a $20 donation, 15 flamingoes can be sent to someone’s lawn or business. For $50, a large flock of 50 birds will be delivered. The recipient can then “pay” to have the birds removed and sent to someone else.

So far, the church youth have raised $4,500 by ‘flocking.”

“So far it’s going well and it’s not just people in the church who are getting into it,” Cummins said.

The mission trip costs $1,600 per person. The youth and adults will travel to Haiti June 7 and spend a week at Crossings Haiti helping conduct vacation bible school as well as doing manual labor at the camp. 

The funds raised will also allow 20 Haitian children to attend the camp at no cost to them or their families.

Donations can be sent to Williamstown Baptist Church,  Haiti Mission Trip, 214 N. Main, Williamstown, Ky. 41092. To find out more about the flocked program, call Darryl or Deanna Cummins at 859-466-8857.

The ‘flocked’ fundraising idea has been utilized by other organizations to raise funds for a variety of programs. A couple of years ago, a Grant County Relay For Life team had a traveling outhouse that would appear in yards.  

This year, the Dry Ridge Fire Department RFL team will be happy to “top” your friends and family. For a donation, a dozen bright, red fire helmets will be delivered to a home or business. 

Money from the “You’ve Been Topped” fundraising effort will benefit the Grant County Relay For Life. For more information about being topped call Vickie at 859-824-4282.