Volunteers help with ‘Extreme Barn Makeover’

MOUNT HOLLY – PUSH America volunteers from across the Southeast arrived Oct. 18 at Shining Hope Farms to construct a much-needed covered area.

Shining Hope Farms provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs. The nonprofit has more than quadrupled the number of participants served over the past 10 years.

The organization sought a full-size covered arena large enough to provide the participants, therapists and horses a year-round shelter from the elements.

Shining Hope Farms won a $5,000 grant for a Give-A-Push Weekend through PUSH America, the national philanthropy of Charlotte-based Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. The grant was used to obtain materials.

“This is something that has been out of reach and holding us back from providing continuity of services for many of our programs,” Executive Director Milinda Kirkpatrick said.

Area businesses – such as Chick-Fil-A, Sticky Fingers, Jim N’ Nicks BBQ, Lancaster’s BBQ, Einstein Bros Bagels, Food Lion of Dallas, Bobby Boy’s Bagels, Home Depot of Gastonia, Costco and Sally’s YMCA – supported the event.

“It’s so uplifting to see the community step up and rally behind what we’re trying to accomplish,” Kirkpatrick said.

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