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Bake sale raises thousands

The first ever Feed My Sheep Bake Sale raised thousands more than Jack and Elizabeth Poston thought it would.

The fundraiser is the brainchild of Jack and Elizabeth Poston, who worked with organizers of Farmington’s Help the Hungry Bake Sale and Madison County’s Feed the Families Bake Sale to organize a similar event to benefit food pantries in Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Elvins and Desloge.

When they first started organizing the event Elizabeth said if they raised $5,000 she would be happy. She said they had raised $7,800 in donations before they had even had the sale.

Elizabeth said they raised a total of approximately $24,657. 

“It was just a fun day, everybody was just excited, happy and friendly,” said Elizabeth. “It was work, but didn’t seem like work, because everybody seemed to be having such a good time. We were just totally surprised with how many cakes we ended up with, how many baked goods we had, plus how many people came to buy things.”

Elizabeth said they tried to keep track of a lot of things during the event. They served more than 150 people breakfast and made $841 just on the biscuits and gravy.

“I think they said they went through eight gallons of gravy,” Elizabeth recalled. “We also had a book sale of gently used books. We had about 1,150 books and we sold most of those. We had at least 330 packages of cookies, 226 cakes, 85 cupcake packages, 95 pies and we had 60 pastries. There were 150 breads and the sweet shop had 240 different packages of things.”

Elizabeth said they just couldn’t keep track of it all, but she knew the total amount of items donated was a little more than 2,600 goods.

“We also tried to keep track of the churches. As people would come in, we would ask them their name and what church they represented or if they were from a company,” Elizabeth said. “We had more than 40 churches that participated and we were really thrilled the word had really gotten out.”

She added they had 118 items in the silent auction and they raised $3,521. They also had a cake auction with 15 clergy cakes that raised $3,072.50.

“The figure we told the committee was $24,657.72 and we have had a few other donations,” said Elizabeth.

“We had Honor Society students from North County and Central who needed service hours, so they came out and helped on Friday night and Saturday during the event itself.”

She said they had a drive-thru lane where people would drive up and the kids would go out and get their stuff to bring in. They were also greeters and they would help carry things out to the car for people.

“Some of them manned a layaway area we had. They were a big help to us,” Elizabeth said. “They were very nice and represented their schools very well. We had all kinds of help, we had a lot of volunteers and couldn’t have done it without them.”

Elizabeth said she was amazed to see people standing in line waiting for them to open the doors. She went up on the walking track to get pictures as they came in and she could tell some people had scouted out what they wanted because they made a beeline over to certain tables.

“It was a good day and the committee all said yes, they want to do it again,” said Elizabeth. “I believe the date for next year’s event will be April 13 the Saturday before Palm Sunday again.

“We can not thank the people at Farmington Help the Hungry and Feed the Families in Fredericktown (enough, because we met with both of those groups to get their input on the dos and don’ts.”

She said they benefited from not only from their advice, but also from the fact that people knew what to expect because they were familiar with the events in Farmington or Fredericktown.

“I think that really helped us. It’s not like we were reinventing the wheel,” said Elizabeth. “We are very appreciative to the Desloge First Baptist Church for allowing us to use their facility. They were more than happy to do it and we have already told them the date for next year.”

In 2018, a book sale, along with baked goods and a silent auction at the Feed My Sheep Bale Sale helped to raise more than $24,600 for area food pantries.

In 2018, a book sale, along with baked goods and a silent auction at the Feed My Sheep Bale Sale helped to raise more than $24,600 for area food pantries.

Attendees of the Feed My Sheep Bake Sale gather around to bid on cakes baked by local pastors Saturday afternoon.

Attendees of the Feed My Sheep Bake Sale gather around to bid on cakes baked by local pastors Saturday afternoon.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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