Spring is underway and which means the members of the Columbia Civitan Membership are busy gathering Vidalia onions for a particular fundraiser. Funds raised would assist to improve a neighborhood playground to accommodate youngsters with particular wants.
This month, the neighborhood group will host its annual sale of Vidalia onions as a part of its ongoing effort to fund new playground tools, particularly designed for kids with disabilities.
An annual occasion, the drive is held in reminiscence of Mt. Nice’s Jared Buckner — the inspiration for an inclusive and accessible playground that now stands at Maury County Park.
The funds raised throughout this months sale will help the upkeep and enlargement of the playground.
“This is only one means we can assist give again,” Emily Marshall one of many drive’s organizers mentioned. “This tools could be very costly and each greenback counts. It has been some time since we added extra tools and we hope that with this yr’s sale we will make one other contribution to the park.”
Often known as Jared’s Dream Playground, the proceeds from this yr’s onion sale will go towards the acquisition of a brand new swing set and new points of interest on the playground.
“Jared mentioned he all the time felt unnoticed as a result of he couldn’t play on the common gymnasium tools,” Marshall mentioned.
Civitan Membership offers again
A member of Civitan Worldwide, the group’s mission is to construct good citizenship and supply a method to serve particular person and neighborhood wants, with an emphasis on serving to folks with developmental disabilities.
With practically a 70-year legacy in Maury County, the Columbia membership was chartered on Dec. 30, 1952, with 28 members and was sponsored by the Nashville Civitan Membership.
Alongside the membership, Columbia’s Lister Hill Credit score Union help the park earlier this yr by making a $500 present to help further points of interest and wanted upkeep.
With help from each organizations, a brand new swing can quickly be put in on the playground.
“We’re so excited,” mentioned Tenesha Orr-Braden, a consultant of the playground mentioned in an announcement shared earlier this yr. “This enlargement will make an enormous distinction to so many households.”
The Columbia membership additionally helps a preferred annual teddy bear drive and helps a number of youth sports activities leagues in Columbia.
The membership encourages all to take part on this month’s initiative.
“These onions come straight from the farm in Vidalia, Georgia,” Marshall mentioned.
Georgia’s particular onions
Georgia’s official state vegetable sine 1990, Vidalia onions have a particular candy style because of the low ranges of sulfur by which the onions are grown.
The particular vegetable additionally has a uniquely flat form and is grown in considered one of 20 counties situated in South Georgia from a yellow granex seed selection that’s examined to make sure it meets correct requirements set by the Vidalia Onion Committee with approval from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
The best way to help
The membership is promoting every 10 pound bag of Vidalia Onions for $10. The Deadline to order is April 25. To order an order of the particular onions contact Hueston Marshall at (931) 381-0922 or Carleen Messick at (931) 381-0714.