If you follow us on social media or read our Winter Newsletter, you know we suffered the loss of both of our 15-passenger vehicles last year (heartfelt obituaries below). Thankfully, a local foundation has granted us $37,500 to buy a new one and potentially $18,750 more to buy a second one, but only if we can match that amount from other donors by February 26. We really don’t want to leave that money on the table. We need a van that can safely take our Strive participants on a road trip to tour colleges this Spring Break, our middle and high school girls to CitiKidz Camp in Pennsylvania, our middle and high school boys to Camp Wabanna in Maryland, and much more. Would you give to our vehicle fund and help them get there?
Abundant Life Minibus (2000-2017) It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the bus’s sudden passing from natural causes last week. Born in 2000 into a rental car business, CALM bought the bus in November 2002. During its lengthy, faithful service, the bus transported program participants, staff members, and volunteers all around Central Virginia and to field trips and conferences in cities such as Jackson, Columbus, Chattanooga, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Richmond, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago, as well as CitiKidz Camp (PA) and Camp Wabanna (MD). The bus is survived (just barely) by the Meatwagon (1996- ) and Luxury (2006- ). It was preceded in death by the grey van, red van, and blue van. In lieu of flowers, contributions toward a replacement vehicle may be made in its honor on our website (link in bio). If you have a favorite bus memory, please share it below.
Abundant Life Meatwagon (1994-2017) Still reeling from the bus’s sudden demise, it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our purple van, despised by many but beloved by one, passed away on October 26 after a lengthy illness. Born in 1994 to First Baptist Church West Main, the van was adopted by Abundant Life in 2007 with a host of health problems. The Meatwagon endured two transmission transplants in its 10 years in our custody and a host of other issues, perhaps most annoyingly spraying passengers with dust and debris whenever the air conditioner was on. Rarely trusted to leave the state of Virginia, the Meatwagon nevertheless transported countless participants, volunteers, and staff members to and from programs, field trips, and retreats. Affectionately named by program participant Lil’ Daniel, the Meatwagon is survived by sibling Luxury and faithful caretaker Richard Feero. It was preceded in death by the bus, grey van, red van, and blue van. In lieu of flowers, contributions toward a replacement vehicle may be made in its honor (link in bio). If you have a favorite Meatwagon memory, please share it below.