Last Saturday, March 9th, we held The Everything Sale to benefit the Farar family here in Indianapolis. As some of you know we lost a dear friend and ward member Damond Farar in December. He was a fourth year medical student at IU and passed away suddenly over Christmas break while visiting family in Arizona. He was only 31 years old and left behind his beautiful wife Adriana, and their three sons Thomas, Alex, and Jacob. Due to the fact that Adriana is now left with no life insurance and because they always did so much for all of us, we did this fundraiser to help them out at this difficult time. There was a lot of hard work, time, and preparation that went into the big event. So many incredible and talented people rallied together to pull this off. It was heart warming to see the good and generosity of so many people.
The week of the sale was a bit crazy and hectic as we got together most nights to sort and price donated items and finalize every last detail for the day of. We were all amazed by how much was donated, and grateful for all of the good friends who put countless hours into this service project.
The day of the sale I went to set up at 5am. The sale was set to start at 8am, and we had so much stuff that needed to be laid out and organized. It was freezing cold. It snowed two days earlier, and the temperature hadn't gone up much, but at least it was dry and the sun came out for us some of the day. After set up I ran and got donuts and hot chocolate for the workers. I then tried to get a little nap at home for an hour or so before Brian needed to go and work his shift as a cashier. It was hard to sleep because I had so much joy and excitement about the sale running through me... you'd think I'd be able to sleep like a rock after so little sleep the night/week before. Anyway, our whole family headed to the sale at 11. Brian worked and the kids and I shopped and ate the BBQ hot dogs for lunch. I took Thomas home at 1 for a nap, and the kids and I headed back at 5:30 for the balloon launch. We set a goal to raise $5,000 and ended up raising $6,200! It was amazing! It was a truly inspiring experience of paying it forward. It was wonderful giving back to a family that was always the first to give and serve all of us. It was nice to be reminded of the good and generosity that people have within them. It was a marvelous day! We love you forever Farar family! We will never forget you.
There were tons of clothes. We sold a lot, and then were able to give the leftovers to a women's shelter. It worked perfectly.
This is the bake sale area...another ward's Young Women made treats for an activity. They were all wrapped so cute with these adorable tags that said "thank you for supporting the Farar family." So cool. The handmade table is next to it by the check out line. There were many beautiful hats, dresses, and hair clips.
The sale was held outside the Decatur Blue/Gold Academy school. It was a great venue for it.
Maybrie enjoying her hot dog, and sporting her cute new felt clip we bought.
Thomas ended up holding the hot dog all by himself and devoured it. It was hilarious!
Thomas just chillin' at the BBQ. He had so much fun. He loved shopping. He kept picking up items... especially shoes and then putting them back carefully just the way they had been. I guess he has a future working retail! haha
This is little Jaxson Woolf. I love this boy, and he looked so darn cute eating his rice krispy treat pop!
The kids had a blast playing with the boxes while we loaded up the leftovers.
Balloon launch time! This kids loved seeing 100 balloons!
Maybrie insisted on holding one of each and Thomas popped his yellow one before they were even all distributed!
The crowd getting ready. It was mostly ward members and close friends who participated in the launch. Ryan Hirschi said a few words, we had a moment of silence, and then we counted down from 5 to lift off. It brought me to tears. It was a great ending to a great day.
We love you Farar family and will never forget the legacy you left behind, Damond.
Love, The Naylor Family