Masks and gloves were the order of the day as a crew in Valley Home worked hard for a few hours on Saturday morning.
Set up on the campus of the Valley Home School, volunteers served up pre-ordered to-go breakfasts in a drive-thru style.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the maintenance and upkeep of the small Valley Home Community Park, which is the scene of many gatherings throughout the year.
In non-pandemic years, one of the largest gatherings there is the annual National Night Out, which brings neighbors together to meet their fire, ambulance and law enforcement personnel. Other times of the year, it has been the site for singing Christmas carols after the annual holiday light parade in the small community.
This year, with COVID-19 still requiring social distancing, the fundraising breakfast was a drive-thru only, not a sit down and visit with friends event.
Helpers Millie Cox, 9, and Cooper Bartholomew, 13, were kept busy as they took the breakfast tickets from motorists, then went to grab the take out containers and deliver them back to those waiting in the vehicles.
An assembly line of volunteers dished up the breakfast, which included scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and a fruit cup. Tickets were just $10 per breakfast and officials said they had outstanding support from the community.
Diners and volunteers smiled, waved and shouted back and forth, updating each other on how all were doing. One diner passing through also received a balloon bouquet along with breakfast, marking her birthday.
“It was all pre-sales,” Valley Home resident Winnie Mullins explained of the breakfast. “It was put together pretty quickly, we had some very, very nice donations and it went really good.”
She added that it was also a successful fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit the park coming in at about $1,000.