July 3, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

FRHC Replay Hosting Fill the Truck Donation Event 07/08

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Hey, Hope! FRHC Replay is actively seeking donations for its first-ever Fill the Truck event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8 on the Hope Town Square in downtown Hope.

Jeff Yarnell, founder of FRHC Replay, says the nonprofit will have a Ford F150 parked on the corner of the south side of the Square just off Main Street opposite Cornett’s Corner Café.

“We will do hot dogs, root beer, chips and water under the shelter house for free-will donations,” Yarnell says. “We are definitely hoping to fill the truck with any kind of equipment and get people on the Square to eat, drink and let us tell them a little about what we are doing and hope to do.”

Any donations of extracurricular equipment are welcome, he says, including cleats, musical instruments, bats, dance shoes, etc…

“FRHC Replay is going to provide for everything from the art class at Hauser to FFA and all sports in between,” Yarnell says. “For instance, we would like to have dance equipment for kids in dancing even though we don’t have dance classes in Hope. I know several people who take their kids to dance classes in Columbus and Greenwood – so I would like to come up with some things to help them, too.”

Since its launch, just a few short weeks ago, the nonprofit has already helped six families in the Hope area, Yarnell says, including helping out the art class at Hauser with a recent generous gift of $400 in supplies. The group has also sponsored a Hope Summer Playground softball team and is coaching, too.

“At the first practice, I said, ‘Any parent who needs anything, get with me privately and I will see if we have it or we will buy it if we have the funding,’” Yarnell says. “The first day FRHC Replay was an approved nonprofit and the Facebook page went live we received a $1,000 donation and have since received numerous equipment and monetary donations.”

Yarnell says FRHC Replay has also found itself in a position many nonprofits often encounter at the start.

“It is one of those issues where people don’t want to ask for help because they know you,” he says. “However, we want them to know their information is private and will not be shared.”  

Yarnell says he is hopeful about finding a location to store current and future donations. Currently utilizing a pole barn on his property is convenient, however, with the nature and amount of donations received to date he is running out of space and is actively seeking a location in Hope, he says.

“We would like to either find a storage facility that could donate space or a church or if someone has space, we could use to house these things in a climate-controlled location that would be great,” he says.

For more information about FRHC Replay or to donate, please follow them on Facebook HERE.