It's been a couple of weeks since Jeff Mead
descended from his
tower where he
hoped to raise at least ,15,000 to help underprivileged, abused and neglected children.The tally, however, was about ,9,000 short, but the situation changed drastically thanks to an anonymous donor.
"Some people in Pine Bluff
went out of state to visit relatives," Mead
said."They took a copy of the newspaper article about what I was doing and their relative wrote us a ,9,000 check.God is still doing amazing things," Mead said recently from his office at First Assembly of God Church, where he's the youth minister.
The total amount donated now stands at just over ,17,400, he
odyssey ,, destined to endure long, cold, stormy nights ,, on a tower in front of the Beacon of Light Christian Store in Chapel Village No. 2.His
purpose was to raise funds for "Up in the Air for Kids," a national organization which dispurses funds to approximately 10 charities based on need.According to Mead
, the need is great everywhere, including at Pine Bluff
The whole point of spending a week atop a 30-foot tower, Mead
said, was to raise awareness and make children's issues so unavoidably visible to the public that people could not help but "see" the need and give to make a difference.
"I'm really excited about what's happening," Mead
said, adding he
was beginning to write thank you letters to all the sponsors, individuals and businesses that helped make his
local effort for "Up in the Air for Kids" a success.