ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Miss Carly’s hosts their first fundraiser, in hopes to become an annual event.
Live music, raffle baskets, food trucks and t-shirts were all at Veterans Memorial Hall for Miss Carly’s first fundraiser.
The non-profit’s mission is to feed the city’s homeless.
Founder Carly Rice says the money from the fundraiser will be a big help.
“We do need a lot of upgrades to the building for the health department, and I just want to be able to not worry about where the food is going to come from, at least for a few weeks in a row,” Rice said. “We spend quite a bit of money on food.”
Rice says the number of people they serve, has grown drastically since she first started.
As the amount of people coming to their doors has grown, volunteers have risen to the occasion.
“I have so many mothers who have lost their children to the disease of addiction,” Rice said. “I have people who come there just because they don’t want to get high that day, and they volunteer. I have people that come from churches, and just people from the neighborhood that come and help.”
That is why Rice was optimistic that residents, like Heath Alberts, would be willing to support the cause.
“I’ve had friends who have been abused, I’ve had friends who have overdosed and sadly aren’t with us anymore,” Alberts said. “And to see somebody trying to change that is really, really important to me. Especially in the community I love, the community that I grew up in.”
Alberts says he is happy to help Miss Carly’s.
“I think it’s money well-spent, quite frankly. It’s so nice to be a small part of that,” Alberts said. “It’s nice to know that our money is being spent in a way that is meaningful to the community, that is meaningful to the people around us, and that can really do some good.”
Rice says she is blown away by community support.
“It’s been awe-inspiring,” Rice said. “I live it, and every day, I’m like, I just can’t believe this thing keeps working.”
Miss Carly’s always accepts donations.
Currently, they are looking for blankets and coats, in any condition, as temperatures drop.