In May 3 issue, Russell County News By Derek Aaron Russell County News Editor
If you’ve noticed yards around Russell County with several pink flamingos placed in them chances are you’ve asked yourself, “Why?”
No, it is not a prank, but rather Jamestown Christian Church’s fundraiser, “Flamingo Wars.”
“We started on April 13 and (the wars) go through May 13,” said Jason “Bucky” Walters, student minister and recreation minister at the church.
“The Flamingo Wars are a fundraiser for our summer mission trip to Shelby, Michigan,” he said.
Here is how the “Flamingo Wars” works:
For $20 you can order a “flamingo hit” on your friend, neighbor or anyone else you wish, provided they are within reasonable driving distance, Walters said.
“The youth will show up at the person’s house and place five plastic flamingos on their lawn,” Walters said.
“The flamingos will remain there for two days, after that the youth will remove them.”
Walters said if you really don’t want the flamingos showing up at your house, you can purchase “flamingo insurance,” from the church for $15.
“The insurance will insure that your lawn will remain flamingo free,” he said.
“If you purchase insurance and someone orders a “hit” on your house then the hit will backfire and the flamingos will be placed in the yard of whoever ordered the hit on your house.”
Walters said several members from the church will be going to Michigan on June 21. The trip will last through June 28.
“While there we will be doing small home repairs for elderly and handicapped people,” Walters said.
He said that, as of now, 13 people will be going on the trip. These people include Bucky Walters, Melanie Flanagan, Ben Isaacs, Coy Comer, Allison Grider, Whitney Grider, Megan Coe, Alex Hoover, Kisha Tarter, Deah Reese, Morgan Camp, Caleb Flanagan and Katie Skeens.
“This fundraiser has been great fun for the community and also our congregation,” Walters said. He said the youth in the church enjoyed the wars.
If anyone has any questions or would like to purchase insurance or order a hit, please call the Jamestown Christian Church office at 270-343-4570.
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