YADKINVILLE — A local ministry recently got a big boost to its bank account that will help in providing food for needy Yadkin County families. At the annual BeautiControl Convention, held in Dallas, Texas, Yadkin Christian Ministries (YCM) was awarded a $20,000 grant thanks to the efforts of Yadkinville consultant and YCM volunteer, Ruth Henderson.
“That’s going to buy a lot of groceries for the hungry people,” Henderson said. “This money is going to be used to touch the lives of a lot women, children and families who need it.”
The charitable arm of BeautiControl, known as the WHO Foundation, awards grants annually to consultants on behalf of local charities in their communities. The WHO Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission “to support other community focused non-profit charities in the nation by serving the overlooked needs of women, children and families.” The foundation’s acronym stands for Women Helping Others and that’s exactly what Henderson said BeautiControl is all about.
“We believe in giving back to our communities and helping each other,” Henderson said. “We are a close knit group.”
According to a press release from BeautiControl, “WHO was established in 1993 and is committed to encouraging women everywhere to help others through our volunteer service. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $5.1 million in grants to charities that have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of those in need. In North Carolina alone, $181,700 has been awarded to other North Carolina non-profit organizations since 1997.”
Henderson said that BeautiControl feels like a big family and she is very proud to be associated with the Dallas-based company which offers spa quality skin care and cosmetics made in the United States.
This year, she was able to combine her love for her company, with her volunteer work in her local community by applying for the grant to benefit YCM.
Henderson has supported Yadkin Christian Ministries for several years now through her church Courtney Baptist which hosts a country breakfast fundraiser each year to benefit YCM as well as other annual events like the Empty Bowls project.
With the help of her regional director, Henderson decided to apply for a grant from the WHO Foundation. She and Director Jenny Turner spent countless hours preparing a detailed presentation that would explain the needs in Yadkin County.
According to Henderson’s grant application, Yadkin Christian Ministries served 19,340 clients last year alone. She said the number of clients served annually continues to rise.
YCM Executive Director Richard Eskew said he was thrilled that Henderson was able to apply and receive the grant on behalf of the organization and also said the grant was coming at a much needed time.
“This will help us buy food through the fall and winter of this year and early next year,” he said.
For more information about Yadkin Christian Ministries or to learn more about volunteering or donating, visit www.y-c-m.org.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.