The excitement is building as we get all of our ducks in a row for this Saturday's Gimme Shelter build.
Thanks to a grant from the Binky Foundation of $1200 and matching donations from you we are able to build 3 structures. The materials for fourth structure and assembly assistance is coming from Ross and Beth at Bullseye Construction out of Show Low.
Last Friday, Lary and I picked up the lumber for three of the shelters thanks to the loan of a trailer from a friend because it is a big load.
Over the weekend Lary waterproofed the uprights for the shelters. We also did some grading so we have plenty of room for volunteers to park, chose where to put the four shelters in the three different pastures, moved pipe panels around so we can confine all the horses, donkeys and minis while the construction is going on and some more shopping for needed supplies.
Today I picked up the roofing materials and tomorrow first thing in the morning I will be heading to Tractor Supply in Show Low who has graciously donated the lag bolts, screws and other hardware items we need for the build...a $200 savings to us thus stretching our funds raised farther. Can I say how much we appreciate the support Tractor Supply shows the rescue? A LOT!
We currently have RSVP's for 24 volunteers, some coming from the valley and a few from Flagstaff. How exciting is that?? The planning committee met Monday evening to finalize all the details of remaining work before the event and then what is needed the day of our Gimme Shelter build. Volunteers must RSVP for the event so we know who is coming and have a head count, you can do so by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-703-4860.
Friday we have a small crew coming to do final set-up for Saturday, our adopters, Rodney and Nikki are bringing a tractor with an auger to dig the holes for the uprights and the equine will be sorted to their respective holding pens.
Saturday we plan on volunteers arriving at 9am. Nilda and Nick are bringing breakfast burritos for volunteers, we will have coffee, orange juice and water. Our lunch break is being provided by Beth, from Beth Williams Real Estate (Realty Executives White Mountains), Mari is bringing sodas and Judi is baking cookies, we will also have bottled water available.
Volunteers can chose from working on the shelters, helping set up the inside of the office, moving supplies into the office, grooming horses and we have some plants to be placed in the memorial garden. The weather should be nice with a light wind. We suggest you dress in layers, bring gloves to protect your hands and a hat if you are used to wearing them, sunscreen if you use it too. We hope to be finished mid afternoon but if you need to leave sooner that is ok. All volunteers will receive an Equine WellBeing Rescue hat as a thank you for helping. Please RSVP to be a volunteer as mentioned above.
If you need to reach me my phone is 760-703-4860. If I am out working I may not know if I receive a text so calling will be best the day of the event. For those of you attending, if you have any items you want to donate for our next fundraising auction the end of April, please bring the items with you and THANK YOU!
Again we are VERY EXCITED to be making these wonderful shelters for the equine to get out of the elements year around and we can't thank everyone enough; the Binky Foundation and all of you who donated, the companies mentioned above that have donated, those bring food and drinks, and those coming to spend the day working together to make life better for the horses, donkeys and minis at the rescue.
This is a huge undertaking but I know we are all up to the challenge and we can get them done.
Feeling so thankful and blessed right now.
Many, many thanks for all you do to help the rescue! Christine