Sam Gore smiled and chuckled with a friend as he talked on the phone about a golf tournament, which is one of the biggest fundraisers for Tim’s Gift, Inc.
“God is blessing us with a lot of sponsors,” he said while talking to the caller.
As director of the organization, which offers help and hope to cancer and hospice patients, he’s looking forward to receiving more calls for the fifth annual event, scheduled for Thursday, Oct.1 and Friday, Oct. 2. at the Coharie Country Club.
“It’s not about Tim’s Gift, it’s about the people we help,” Gore said about receiving donations from sponsors and individuals. “It’s about our cause. You’re not just giving to Tim’s Gift, you’re giving to your neighbor, you’re family member and you’re friend. They are the ones benefiting from this.”
Some of the scheduled activities scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday include a silent and live auction, raffle and music by Joey Warren. Proceeds will go towards overhead costs.
On the following day, proceeds from the tournament will benefit The Hope Project to help cancer patients. Through the program, Tim’s Gift assist with medial bills and medicine, which is becoming more challenging for patients to receive because of insurance challenges or losing a job.
“A lot of people’s insurance maxes out and they can’t get anymore money,” Gore said. “We help pay those medical bills for them.”
At Tim’s Gift, there’s many stories about Gore and President Becky Spell helping patients in need by donating wheelchairs and other medical supplies.
“All of that is donated to us, so we just move it right back out,” Spell said.
Gore remembered a homeless family with members suffering from sclerosis. To clean up, they washed in a nearby gas station bathroom. Thanks to help from Tim’s Gift, they now have a home.
“We’re really praying about how we can connect with more nonprofits or churches to look into a homeless shelter in this community because it’s well needed,” Gore said.
Spell agrees about the homeless matter which needs to be addressed.
“A lot of people are out on the street and we’re turning a blind eye to it,” she said. “We just want people to know there’s a lot of going on in this little place to help people.”
After being around for several years, the organization is beginning to receive referrals from medical facilities. Tim’s Gift works with the hospitals and share inventory to fill voids. The organization began in 2007 when the Spell’s house was filled with medical equipment leftover from her husband Tim, who passed away from cancer. She was assisted by his nurse, Donna Reedy.
At Tim’s Gift, Spell believes in the power of paying it forward. One of the examples included the tournament auction and how several antique items from the estate of Ann Thornton will be donated, by her family members. Thornton was a strong supporter of Tim’s Gift.
In addition to the tournament and other initiatives, Tim’s Gift is working on their 50/50, which is an effort to get 50 people to donate $50 a day before Dec. 31. It began in September and participants have an option to just pay a one time gift of $600.
Funding is always a challenge for an organization, which relies on donations to run the facility, which is operated by a few people. Gore joined Tim’s Gift in May and recently Jennifer Brewery, a cancer survivor who is legally blind came on board.
“Our community supports us,” Spell said about the Christian-based organization. “But it’s the same ones that support us over and over.”
Spell and Gore said the religious aspect may deter groups or individuals from helping, but it does not stop them from lending a hand.
“We’re accepting that God’s vision may change for what we’re doing here,” Spell said. “Every penny that comes in here goes back to the community.”
For more information about the golf tournament and other fundraising opportunities, contact Gore and Spell at 910-592-1126 or visit www.timsgift.com. Tim’s Gift is located at 108 Northeast Blvd, Clinton.
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