BLACKFOOT – It was more than a garage sale combined with a baked goods sale. Saturday’s “Eat Sugar and Shop” fundraiser was an opportunity for a community to come together to help one of their own and have a positive impact on what was a tragic accident.
Back on Memorial Day weekend, young Connor Olsen – a sports enthusiast and active athlete at Snake River High School – was riding his dirt bike when he got wrecked. It was just one of those things that happens occasionally, but this minor wreck had a horrible result.
The result of the accident was that Connor was left paralyzed from the waist down and his family had to pay huge hospital and doctor fees.
The Snake River High School baseball team, working with Restore Rite Cleaning and Restoration, got together and decided to do something about it.
The end result was what they called “Eat Sugar and Shop,” a combination of baked goods and yard sales. one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
Items that were donated included everything from an air hockey table to sofas, beds, clothing, raffle prizes, baked goods, lamps, books, DVDs, furniture of all kinds, quilts and blankets, throw rugs and much more. Moreover. You name it, it was brought in to become someone else’s treasure, and everyone seemed to have a good time examining the items and choosing exactly what they wanted to take home.
“We just had a great wave of love for Connor with all the donations coming in again this morning,” said Tricia Cherry. “We’ve received so much and people are flocking to see if they can help in any way. It just shows the love that exists in this community and how lucky we are to live here. “
By the end of the day, most of the items had found new homes and the money raised will go a long way in helping the Olsen family.
It was truly an inspiring event that shows how generous and caring this community can be when they have a job to do and another resident of the Blackfoot region is in need.