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Originally published: 2012-11-26 13:19:49
Last modified: 2012-11-26 13:19:49

RAM returns thanks to High Country

As we enter this season of thanksgiving, Resort Area Ministries and RAM's Rack Thrift Shop in Boone would like to thank everyone for their continuing support. RAM Ministries has been blessed this year by the residents, both year-round and seasonal. You made it possible for RAM's ministry programs to be a success.

Your donations to the RAM's Rack Thrift Shop not only helped financially support RAM's ministries, but you also help clothe and furnish homes for almost 1,000 individuals and families here in Watauga County. RAM's Rack is a clothing closet for the needy in our county. We work with Watauga County Social Services, the Hunger and Health Coalition, Hospitality House, OAISIS, Watauga County Children's Council and other nonprofits to see that people have adequate clothing and furnishings for their homes.

The RAM's Rack Thrift Shop helps fund RAM's other ministry programs such as summer work projects and the Campground Ministries. RAM had a very busy summer with work projects.  RAM's two college summer ministry interns worked with several different mission groups this summer on home repair projects. A huge "thank you" goes to the following for their volunteer work with RAM:  Camp Linn Haven's Servant Hood Project; Kingdom Builders from Georgia; Alexis Baptist Church Children's Ministry from Alexis, N.C.; United Church of Christ's Youth Work Camp from John River's Camp; Holy Cross Episcopal Towel Ministry from Valle Crucis; Media Presbyterian Church from Media, Pa.; and, the men from First Presbyterian Church, Boone. These groups helped RAM with the following projects: three tin roofs were repaired and painted, one handicap ramp built and a sidewalk poured, one mobile home had new gutters installed, one home was painted, a deck was rebuilt, three porches and decks were pressure washed and sealed, one home had interior walls washed and windows washed inside and outside and eight yards were kept mowed. A special "thank you" goes to Project Challenge, which began mowing yards in May, continued to mow the yards through October and then raked leaves in the yards.

From the end of June through Labor Day weekend for more than 35 years, RAM has sponsored Family Evening programs on Saturday nights and worship services on Sunday morning. Three local campgrounds hosted RAM's Summer Ministries for their campground ministries again this summer. RAM would like to thank the Eula Fox family and Flintlock Campground, Kyle and Brandy Young and Grandfather Mountain Campground, and Bob and Joan Harmon and KOA Campground for continued partnership with RAM's Summer Ministries.

A special thank you goes to the residents of Linville Land Harbor for their support of RAM and hosting worship services. The Land Harbor recreation hall is the site for interdenominational worship services from mid-May through the first of October. The residents have been hosting RAM's worship services for more than 40 years. RAM would also like to thank the local ministers and laypeople who speak and help lead the worship services. 

Resort Area Ministries, Inc. is a local ecumenical ministry founded in 1967 by ministers and laypeople in the High Country. The donations to RAM and the RAM's Rack Thrift Shop stay in Watauga County and are used to assist the residents of and visitors to the High Country. The RAM board of directors, staff and volunteers could not have assisted so many residents and sponsored the campground ministries this year without your support. 

Thank you again for your continued support of Resort Area Ministries and the RAM's Rack Thrift Shop.  RAM wishes you and your families have a blessed holiday season.

Submitted by Mary Dean Silver, RAM missions coordinator.