With less than a week to go before the annual Good Cheer Fund food delivery, organizers feared they would have just enough money to deliver 775 baskets. No extra money would be set aside to help the fund in future years, and some of the savings would have to be used.
But when the fund was in jeopardy, the community stepped forward to ensure its continued success.
A massive influx in donations allowed Good Cheer Fund organizers to comfortably pay for the $38,000 grocery bill needed to fill the food baskets. In addition, it will start next year with a cushion of about $10,000.
“People recognize that this is a Johnson County charity funded entirely by Johnson County people. They understand how important they are to it,” fund chairman Jake Sappenfield said.
The Good Cheer Fund is an annual drive to collect money to provide food for the hungry in Johnson County at Christmastime. The day before Christmas, volunteers distributed 350 baskets throughout Franklin, Bargersville and Trafalgar.