Big Hearts in the Big Country: Abilene Mom Volunteers At Organization Close to her Heart

Big Hearts in the Big Country: Abilene Mom Volunteers At Organization Close to her Heart

An Abilene woman helps a pumpkin patch get ready for its autumn sale, the proceeds of which go to a special cause close to her heart.
It's go time for Kathy Deatherage. She's a volunteer in charge of one of the biggest pumpkin sales around town.

She's carving out a plan to recruit other volunteers to help Disability Resources Incorporated in Abilene.

"We try to get the community involved in helping us unload all of those pumpkins and by that, I contact the schools, Dyess Air Force Base to get volunteers to come out and unload," says Deatherage.

For Kathy, it's not just about giving her time. It's a commitment close to her heart, "I have a daughter, Angie that is in the day program here at Disability Resources."

She gives tours of the facility, demonstrating for visitors how the DRI helps intellectually challenged adults gain their independence.

Deatherage adds, "Being out here is the independence that she needed and for that I thank Disability Resources because I know one day, she will have a home when we're not around."

The pumpkin patch is the largest fundraiser for the organization. Kathy is focused on making sure each year is a success, "I'm just so blessed to be able to come out and give and pass on the blessings I have for the folks out here in return. My blessing is just getting a hug and a smile from them."
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