Monday, September 20, 2010

Upcoming Event to benefit the Dream Machine

I am a founding member of a small networking group in Lake City called B.A.N.G. We are a group of home-based and direct sales business owners working together to promote each other and build a community of local support.

Together we are sponsoring a fund raising event for the Christmas Dream Machine. I have been unable to find much online information about the Dream Machine, so I thought I would try to educate you all on what the Dream Machine does. It's really an awesome organization!

Christmas has always been known as a time for giving and ensuring that over 900 children will have a truly Merry Christmas is what the Dream Machine is all about. A local non profit organization designed to help children, the Dream Machine receives donations from individuals and sponsors and gives Christmas to needy children in the area who would otherwise not have Christmas. "I started the Dream Machine in 1989, the same year my father was tragically killed in a car accident.” Meally Jenkins,the Founder and CEO of the Dream Machine, said. “My parents always taught me to give.”

The families receiving the toys must show a need for help. They must be the working disadvantaged or prove that they are unable to work due to a disability. Once they are determined to be eligible, the child's name along with their wish list are displayed on a paper ornament on the Christmas tree. Individuals who wish to donate then pick a child’s name off the tree, purchase gifts and bring the unwrapped gifts back with the paper ornament. A few days before Christmas the parents pick up the gifts to take home and wrap, that way the children will never know that the parents didn't actually buy the toys.

The most popular gift every year for girls and boys are bicycles.

Jenkins, and her volunteers, devote countless hours during the holiday season to the Dream Machine, as well as the preparation time and effort spent throughout the year. The first year of operation about 360 children were helped. In recent years, over 900 children have received Christmas presents because of the Dream Machine efforts.

Without the support of the community and corporate sponsors the Dream Machine would be just that, a dream and the 900+ children would have had a less than joyful Christmas.

B.A.N.G. is proud to be able to provide a contribution to this organization, helping those in need provide a joyful Christmas to their children! Come out on October 9th and get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support the Dream Machine!

Event Details:

Gifts big and small!

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

Over $250 in prizes to be raffled!

Gourmet boxed lunches available from My Personal Chef, Gerald Hoyt!

BeautiControl, Jenna Greene
Dove Chocolates, Christine Pesta
FirstFitness International, Amy Polk
Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pam Hess
Pampered Chef, Shannon Morris
S & J Jewels & Treasures. Sandy Castiaux & Joan McPherson
Stampin’ Up, Michelle Givvines
Tealightful Treasures, Barbie Hoyt
Soaps by Design, Donna Hyde & Terry Rogers
Willow House & Creative Memories, Aurora Argueta
& more!

Saturday, October 9 · 9:00am - 3:00pm
Bethel UMC Fellowship Hall,
4843 S US Highway 441
Lake City, FL

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