Spring is upon us and that means Columbia Civitan Club members are busy collecting Vidalia Onions for a special fundraiser. Funds raised would help improve a neighborhood playground for children with special needs.
This month, the community group will host its annual Vidalia onion sale as part of its ongoing efforts to fund new play equipment, specially designed for children with disabilities.
An annual event the drive is held in memory of Mt. Pleasant’s Jared Buckner – the inspiration for an inclusive and accessible playground that can now be found in Maury County Park.
The funds raised during this month of sale will support the maintenance and expansion of the playground.
“This is just one way we can help give back,” said Emily Marshall, one of the campaign organizers. “This equipment is very expensive and every dollar counts. It has been a while since we added any equipment and we hope that with this year’s sale we will be able to make another contribution to the park. “
Known as Jared’s Dream Playground, the proceeds from this year’s onion sale will be used to purchase a new swing and new attractions on the playground.
“Jared said he always felt left out because he couldn’t play with the regular gym equipment,” Marshall said.
The Civitan Club gives back
A member of Civitan International, the organization’s mission is to build good citizenship and provide a means to meet individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with intellectual disabilities.
With a legacy of nearly 70 years in Maury County, the Columbia Club was established on December 30, 1952, with 28 members and sponsored by the Nashville Civitan Club.
Alongside the club, Columbia’s Lister Hill Credit Union is supporting the park earlier this year by donating $ 500 to support additional attractions and needed maintenance.
With the support of both organizations, a new swing can soon be installed on the playground.
“We’re so excited,” said Tenesha Orr-Braden, a representative for the playing field said in a statement shared earlier this year. “This expansion will make a big difference for so many families.”
The Columbia club also supports a popular annual teddy bear campaign and supports several youth sports leagues in Colombia.
The club encourages everyone to participate in this month’s initiative.
“These onions come straight from the farm in Vidalia, Georgia,” Marshall said.
Special onions from Georgia
The official vegetable of the State of Georgia since 1990, Vidalia onions have a distinctive sweet taste due to the low sulfur levels in which onions are grown.
The special vegetable also has a unique shape and is cultivated in one of the 20 counties located in South Georgia from a variety of yellow granex seeds which is tested to ensure it meets the appropriate standards set by the Vidalia Onion Committee with the approval of the US Secretary of Agriculture. .
How to support
The club sells each 10-pound bag of Vidalia onions for $ 10. The order deadline is April 25th. To reserve a specialty onion order, contact Hueston Marshall at (931) 381-0922 or Carleen Messick at (931) 381-0714.