Norcross church to raise funds for injured soldier

NORCROSS -- As a way to say thank you to the active and retired men and women in the military, Shiloh Baptist Church holds an annual yard and bake sale to raise funds for the troops. The Norcross church is hosting the event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"All this other years, we gave (raised funds) to the USO," church member Gloria Rucks said. "The gentleman who accepted the check from us (for the USO) last year died a week later. This year, we decided to give directly to a veteran who has been over there, saw the war, been in it and sacrificed for our country."

After several phone calls, the church was able to find a wounded soldier in need -- Sgt. Michael C. Hilliard. The Army soldier is paralyzed from the waist down after he had been shot in the neck by an enemy sniper while serving in Afghanistan.

"I think if I was going to a yard sale and I knew it was for the troops, I'd be there," Rucks said. "I cannot give him his body back, but I can show him how much I appreciate what he has done for our country."

For the yard sale, the members of the church have been donating their belongings and asking others to do the same.

"Child, the fellowship hall is full and we're still getting more stuff in," Rucks said. "Berkeley Hills Country Club has given us bags, golf shoes and golf bags."

There will also be a bake sale. A local Ingles grocery store is donating all of its cakes, cookies and pies that are left over from today, plus parishioners will bring their own confectionery sweets to sell.

"I'm doing brownies because everyone loves my brownies," Rucks said.

If you're not in the mood for a sugar rush, veterans are volunteering to cook hot dogs and hamburgers -- donated from Costco -- to feed the crowds for a small fee.

Plus, monetary donations are welcomed. All of the money raised benefits Hilliard. He will be presented with the money Sunday at the church.

Shiloh Baptist is located at 5988 Spalding Drive in Norcross.