By SUSAN LEATHERS
Ã‚Â On Wednesday, the Card Crusaders at the FiftyForward Martin Center got the surprise of their lives…
For over two years the “Card Crusaders” at the FiftyForward Martin Center have made and sold handmade greeting cards with the dream of buying a new bus for the local senior center. On Wednesday, the ladies got the surprise of their lives.
At the end of June, Martin Center Executive Director Joyce Keistler and Program Director Sherri Coss learned that a TDOT grant to help fund the purchase of a brand new, 2013 Ford Starcraft Allstar 24 passenger mini-bus had been granted to the non-profit. The women raised 10 percent of the bus’ $42,517 sticker price.
Keistler and Coss kept the news under wraps — as they did the bus when it arrived several days ago. On Wednesday, under the ruse of having a pizza lunch, the ladies gathered in the Heritage Drive senior center’s main meeting room. Then someone yelled, “Move that Bus” and they watched as “Big Blue” — an older minibus donated by Martin supporter Richard Brown last year, was driven off to reveal the new one.Ã‚Â
After catching their breath — and collecting their purses — Brentwood Firefighter and their favorite bus driver Rob Ivy accompanied by Brown drove the Card Crusaders to lunch in Leiper’s Fork. Getting to a free lunch was never enjoyed so much.
The ladies plan to continue to make and sale cards to raise money for the center.Ã‚Â In fact, they recently purchased a flat screen TV to be enjoyed by the membership. And since they’ve also recently ordered monogrammed “CC” shirts to wear, they can’t stop now.