$1,300 raised for kidney patient


Funds raised through hot dog, book sales

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Members of the congregation of Jonesville Church of God make hot dogs to sell during a fundraiser this past Friday. The church was selling hot dogs to raise money to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy Vinson. The hot dog sale raised $590.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times A booth to raise funds to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy Vinson was set up during the Jonesville Municipal Festival this past Saturday. Vinson and his wife, Sissy, sold copies of "The Gift of Life," a cookbook of 350 donated recipes. The Vinsons raised a total of $716 during the festival.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

JONESVILLE — Two events over the course of two days raised more than $1,300 for a Jonesville man needing a kidney transplant.

Timmy Vinson first suffered kidney failure in 2006 forcing him to undergo dialysis each day until 2009 when the family of a Union County man who’d recently died donated his kidneys to Vinson. While they worked initially, the donated kidneys began to fail in 2014, forcing Vinson back on dialysis and needing another kidney transplant.

Vinson is on the transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina, but a transplant will cost $270,000 of which Medicare will only pay 80 percent, leaving Vinson and his wife, Sissy, to come up with the remaining $54,000.

To help raise those funds, the Vinsons, with the help of family, friends, and area churches have undertaken a number of fundraising efforts this year including a yard sale/bake sale which was held in August next to Linda’s Beauty Nook on Main Street in Jonesville. The yard sale items and baked goods were donated by family, friends and area churches and the sale raised $800 which was placed in the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant account at Arthur State Bank.

The fundraising effort continued last week with, first, a hot dog sale by the Jonesville Church of God on Friday as members prepared and sold hot dogs for persons wanting to dine in or carry out.

In addition to the hot dogs, some copies of “The Gift of Life,” a cookbook the Vinsons are selling to raise funds for the Timmy’s transplant were also sold.

“A lot of hot dogs were sold and a few copies of the book were also sold,” Sissy Vinson said Wednesday afternoon. “The sale of the hot dogs and the books raised $590 which we deposited in the account at Arthur State Bank.”

The Town of Jonesville held its annual municipal festival Saturday and the Vinsons had a booth on Main Street where the festival took place. During the festival, the Vinsons sold copies of the cookbook and collected donations.

“We raised $716 from donations and sales of the book,” Sissy Vinson said.

Sissy Vinson said that while there’s still a long way to go to raise the $54,000 needed for Timmy’s transplant, every dollar raised brings them closer to their goal. She said she and her husband want to thank every one who made the latest fundraising events a success.

“We want to thank the Church of God members and the people of Jonesville,” Sissy Vinson said. “We also want to give a special thanks to Barbara Woodward. She’s been a friend who has been supporting us. We also want to give a special thanks to Linda Taylor, the owner of the Beauty Nook in Jonesville. She has also been a friend who has helped us.

“There are lots of others and we really appreciate them,” she said. “There are too many to name, but we want to thank them.”

Sissy Vinson said that while there are no more fundraisers planned at the present time, copies of the The Gift of Life are available for purchase and that jars have been set around Jonesville and Union for people who want to make a donation.

The Gift of Life is a cookbook composed of 350 recipes donated by Union County residents and the members of the congregation of a church in Chester. A total of 600 copies of the book was printed and the Vinsons have been selling them with the assistance of friends and several area churches.

The book, which costs $20 a copy, includes:

• Appetizers, Beverages & Dips

• Soups & Salads

• Bread & Rolls

• Vegetables & Side Dishes

• Main Dishes & Meats

• Desserts

• Cookies & Candies

• Miscellaneous

There are also sections on Cooking & Nutrition Tips, Household Hints, and Gifts From The Kitchen.

The book also includes sections on organ donations and transplantation resources; Christianity and organ/tissue donations; life-changing facts concerning organ/tissue donations and related issues; and the story of Timmy’s battle with kidney failure and the effort to raise funds for a kidney transplant.

The book is dedicated to God and to the memory of organ/tissue donors and the families of those donors including Greg Kirby whose family gave Timmy his first kidney in 2009.

A photo of Timmy and Sissy is on the first page of the book along with the following passage of scripture:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

— John 3:16 (KJV)

Persons wanting to make donations may do so at Arthur State Bank with any checks made out to the Timothy Vinson Kidney Transplant.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Members of the congregation of Jonesville Church of God make hot dogs to sell during a fundraiser this past Friday. The church was selling hot dogs to raise money to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy Vinson. The hot dog sale raised $590.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_IMG_00043.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Members of the congregation of Jonesville Church of God make hot dogs to sell during a fundraiser this past Friday. The church was selling hot dogs to raise money to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy Vinson. The hot dog sale raised $590.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
A booth to raise funds to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy Vinson was set up during the Jonesville Municipal Festival this past Saturday. Vinson and his wife, Sissy, sold copies of "The Gift of Life," a cookbook of 350 donated recipes. The Vinsons raised a total of $716 during the festival.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_IMG_0010.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
A booth to raise funds to help pay for a kidney transplant for Timmy Vinson was set up during the Jonesville Municipal Festival this past Saturday. Vinson and his wife, Sissy, sold copies of "The Gift of Life," a cookbook of 350 donated recipes. The Vinsons raised a total of $716 during the festival.
Funds raised through hot dog, book sales

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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