FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The fan drive for the elderly by Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County — dubbed the Fan Fair — is blowing away expectations.
Darreyl Davis, president of the Fairfield county youth-oriented non-profit, said community response has exceeded modest expectations.
“A lot of people have stepped up,” Davis said. “Response has been stronger than I expected.”
This strong response has been partially prompted by a challenge issued by Jonathan Goode of the Goode Law Firm in Winnsboro.
Goode discovered the Fan Fair after hearing about Isola Laminate Systems’ donation of five fans.
“I heard Isola donated five fans, so I went and got some fans,” Goode said. “I matched the five donated by Isola.”
Amanda Allen, human resources generalist for Isola, said the development is encouraging.
Goode said his decision to match Isola’s donation to the Fan Fair prompted another decision.
“I figured I’d issue a challenge to the other businesses,” Goode said.
Ideally, Goode said he would like to see businesses match the five-fan donation, but said he would be glad to inspire any level of charity with his challenge.
“I challenge them to match, or contribute whatever they can,” Goode said. “The county has a large elderly population. I’m sure they can use whatever help they can get.”
Davis said response to the challenge has been robust and donations have come in from or been pledged by people such as Fairfield County Councilman Billy Smith, District 7; Fresh Cut Barbershop; John Burrell Trucking; Jennifer Boone, owner of Barn Express; Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce President Terry Vickers; Paul and Justin Speagle; and Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.
“I think it’s wonderful what this community and local businesses are doing,” Davis said. “It’s pretty awesome.”
Goode said after issuing his challenge, he’s pleased to see donations coming in.
“That’s the point, right?” Goode asked.
Davis also wished to thank the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield County Council on Aging, who are holding a concurrent fan drive and will be collecting fans July 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart in Winnsboro to help with the Fan Fair.
Believers and Achievers collection efforts lead up to a fish fry and car wash, which will be held at AutoZone in Winnsboro July 25.
Contact Davis at 803-402-9746 for donation information or to buy a ticket for the fish fry.
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