MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - For more than five decades Leanda Oldershaw has vacationed in the Panhandle. So when Hurricane Michael hit, she wanted to help.
A long-time visitor to the Panhandle is raising funds for local churches and giving-away t-shirt quilts. (WJHG)
"We just started every month coming down with a car load and I just felt a calling that something more could be done here," Oldershaw said.
Now she's going one step further, organizing a fundraiser for two area churches, Mexico Beach First Baptist Church and First United
Methodist Church of Port St. Joe. For every $10 donated, participants are entered to win one of three t-shirt quilts. The quilts feature popular spots in Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe like Toucan's, Shell Shack, El Governor, the Lookout Lounge and more.
"For the most part they were donated by individuals that live here, and that's what blew me away, that they gave so willingly not knowing me and had lost so much, but they were still willing to give up their precious memories of their t-shirts," Oldershaw said.
Mexico Beach First Baptist Church suffered significant damage and is still in the rebuilding process. Pastor, Eddie LaFountain says without help like this, the church wouldn't be able to serve the community.
"It's just very overwhelming, it's very humbling. Why people still keep coming and I know why, it's because God is touching their heart and they see the need and want to help and I'm very thankful that people still want to help one another," LaFountain said.
"It's really touched my heart and soul and to me that's what we are suppose to do. We are suppose to give back and in doing so, your blessings come in return," Oldershaw said.
This Everyday Hero plans to continue helping the area even after this fundraiser is over. Oldershaw is hoping to raise $2,500 for each church.
The fundraiser ends November 15th and the drawling for the three quilts will be held on the November 16th.
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