Have you ever heard anyone say that Kingsburg is a cold or uncaring community? The Garcia family’s story demonstrates just the opposite. Please read how a small community produced HUGE results for a young man in need.
Hello. My name is Karen Garcia and I wanted to reach out to you about our story.
We live in Kingsburg and have had a Facebook page – jonnyneedsalift since the end of September last year. We have been fundraising for a vehicle with wheelchair accessibility for our son Jonny/Jonathan. We opted not use Go Fund acct, but instead have been doing a grassroots style fundraising campaign. I started with painting pumpkins, Jonny Day at Corsaro’s Family Pizza, Cinnamon Rolls, and Gift Wrapping. The Golding Touch partnered with us for several months, we had a big dinner with a live band and silent auction in April, Sal’s Restaurant vouchers, and finished just last week with another Corsaro’s day.
We raised a little over $37,000 and received help from a local organization for special needs for the actual conversion portion and were able to put $72,000 down on a brand new perfectly converted Traverse for our amazing son Jonathan. We only owe $17k after all of this.
This is an incredible story of God’s goodness, community, people coming together and a common goal. People were so generous to us, we had strangers from Kingsburg, surrounding communities, Bakersfield, Fresno and even out of state help us out by supporting all the fundraisers. I wanted to partner with local businesses to promote their businesses and it was always such a blessing to see them prosper in the midst.
During our last Sal’s Restaurant voucher sales on Memorial Day – Casey Dunn from Dunn’s Detailing reached out to us and offered to do a ceramic coating on our vehicle when we got it to protect it.
For our silent auction I had a John Lennon piece of artwork donated that came all the way from Liverpool for us, artists in Colorado donated artwork, jewelry, and photographs. We had an up-and- coming photographer donate her services for the evening and bless us with incredible memories!
It truly is just amazing how God worked all things out! Our church New Life Ministries has supported our family incredibly and hosted our April dinner. We raised $17,000 from that evening.
The other part of this story is Jonny and all he has been thru. He is a true miracle and has survived a lot of medical trials and been raised up from death’s door several times. He is resilient and happy regardless of his trials.
If you have a moment, check out our page Jonnyneedsalift to see our story. I know you will be blessed.
Local Businesses and Groups that Helped Raise Funds
Items/Gift Certificates/Services for the April Dinner either free or heavily discounted 🙂
Vitality Medical Spa – Kingsburg
Legends – Selma
K & E Ranch – Selma
Village Tire – Kingsburg
Honeycomb – Kingsburg
Trinkets & Treasures – Kingsburg
Creative Color Crayon – Hanford
Blonde & Blue Photography – Kingsburg
Beauty from Ashes Photography – Kingsburg
Ramos Torres Winery – Kingsburg
Lejon Hair Salon – Kingsburg
Viking Hair Studio – Kingsburg
Baker’s Closet – Kingsburg
Heritage & Co. – Kingsburg
Corsaros Family Pizza – Kingsburg
Kings River Rental – Kingsburg
Starbucks – Kingsburg
Greens & Things – Kingsburg
Michael Madrid Photography – Colorado
Charmaigne – Colorado Watercolor Artist
Botticelli Designs – Colorado
Independent Artist who works with glasswork – John Lenon glass artwork with lead – Liverpool England
Brad’s from Pismo
Julie Dolan – the voice of Princess Leia in Star Wars Rebels, and in the video game Star Wars: Uprising – Los Angeles
Oh My Kids Co. – Kingsburg
Green & Clean – Selma
Rocky Rock Band – Oakhurst, Kingsburg, Fresno
United Rentals – Fresno Large
Nancy Aguilar & Christina Pena – Cakes & Cupcakes – Reedley
Audrey Golding – calligraphy artist
Sals Vouchers – Selma
The Golding Touch – Carpet Cleaning – Kingsburg
Corsaros Family Pizza – Kingsburg
Financial gifts from Businesses
Mountain View Fruit Sales – Reedley
Bella Bakery – Kingsburg
Cates & Co. – Kingsburg
Rotary Club in Kingsburg
New Life Ministries – Kingsburg
Nelson & Associates – Kingsburg
Shear Magic – Kingsburg
Food Maxx – Clovis
Specific things with the Traverse
Dunn’s Detailing – Casey Dunn Kingsburg reached out and will be doing a ceramic coating treatment to help us preserve our paint and make it last longer !
Ls Creations – Selma –
Print Theory – Kingsburg
Field House Photography – Becky Fields – Kingsburg
We had a little over 11,000 come in from private people and business donations. In a remarkable way God brought all the funds in thru incremental amounts – there was not a single donation from either a business or private person over $1,000 – This was not a one-person deal but truly community. The other $26,000+ was brought in thru our fundraisers and people showing up to participate, buy, share, and rally behind our son and cause.
Rich Rodriguez from Channel 26 did a story following our dinner in April. His sister had been at the dinner and reached out to him and told him our story
Now in addition to the $37,000 that we raised, Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) (a private, nonprofit corp contracted by the state of CA to provide services to people with developmental disabilities – their mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities and children at risk to meet their goals.) CVRC was an organization that I reached out to for help with the conversion portion of the vehicle. They came thru in a huge way and ultimately of the $89,000 we only owe $17,099.
I am just so overwhelmed and grateful already. If someone did want to give, we are going to try and pay our principal down to try and pay it off sooner!
Ways to Give
Cash App – $karig8
Zelle – Karig5@sbcglobal.net