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The Open Road Project exists to spread kindness and meet the needs of strangers. We travel in a 1979 GMC Vanguard named Lily. These are our stories.

Friday, July 8, 2011

PSA regarding our fundraiser.

This is just a little letter and poster that we've dished out to a few people we know. And seeing as we got this blog, and more than 2 people look at it, we figure why the whack not just toss er up here. Here's the rough hypertext translated version:

Garage Sale FUNraiser!

Who: The Open Road Project

Us: Jeremy Enns, Josh Willms, Adam Epp, Charles Neufeld and Jamie Grantis [from left to right]

When: Saturday, July 16th 7am – 3pm

Where: 5 Simpson Rd, near the Lake and Lakeshore intersection.

Why: To raise money for the blessing pot, supporting the Open Road Project. (Please see letter attached)

What YOU can do: Come out and show your support at the sale!!


Donate your pre-loved items that you no longer have room for in your life!

We would be more than happy to pick up and remove your donated items

at your convenience/ASAP and with much appreciation!

Once we have your items will either be sold at the garage sale or donated to the Benefit Shop and forever out of your life and out of your hair!


RE: Garage Sale Fundraiser

Dear family and dear friends,

As you may know, or at least will come to know by the time you have finished reading this letter; four close friends and myself have a bit of a creative plan for the summer. We have all had different experiences with missions in our lives, and we have decided it high time to take it into our capable hands and make a mission of our own. Plus, we love doing awesome things, so why not combine the two… right? Here is the low down. From mid July to the end of August we will be driving across Canada in a 1979 GMC Vanguard RV that we purchase and have been fixing up. We plan to stop in most major cities, with some random small towns along the way for a balanced experience. While the likelihood of this trip being void of fun is about as likely as this trip going by without a single technical or automotive glitch, we would like to emphasize that we intend to go on this road trip with purpose and by faith. As I mentioned earlier we have all had previous experience with missions and feel the spirit of volunteerism close to all of our heart. We have literally countless plans for creative ways to outreach/voulenteer/just do good to random people. We will be staying with contacts, and several organizations along the way. Of course we will offer ourselves to their needs or the needs of their church first and foremost. After all, I can’t imagine anyone that would be hard done to find a practical application for a few willing helping hands. However, it’s the creative stuff that we want to focus on for the sake of this letter. Often generosity can be instrumental in our zany plans for random acts of kindness, and for that reason we have created an idea of having a blessing pot. This will be a fund that we will all contribute to, and will be used 100% for the sole purpose of blessing or helping other. Now, you may be reading this and thinking to you self, Oh boy. Here it comes, this is the part of the letter where they are going to ask us for money… Actually quite the contrary. In the past we may have come to you our dear friends to be sponsors for instrumental events or trips in our lives. And for that we cannot thank you enough! But, now as adult men we are proud to have worked hard this summer to make this trip possible by our own means. But we would still like to offer a neat way we could use your support if you care to do so. Rather than asking for $$$, we are asking for you junk. Please, not your useless garbage, but rather your used items that you have stored up somewhere with no longer any use for. We would be more than happy to pick up at your convenience. (Likely in our RV + trailer) and donate it to a fundraising garage sale at 5 Simpson road on Saturday, July 16. The entire proceeds of the Garage sale will be added to our blessing pot and used in full to bless the people we meet on our adventure.

Please consider if you have any things that you do not need in your life. We are not huge fans of the “stuff” and “clutter” that is endorsed by our culture, and see this as a dually beneficial initiative even in our own lives before we leave. Also everything not sold with be donated to the Benefit Shop in Niagara-On-The-Lake and out of your houses, garages, rented spaces forever!

Thank you and God bless,

Jamie Grantis, Josh Willms, Adam Epp, Jeremy Enns, Charles Neufeld.

***please feel more than free to leave a comment if you have a response to this letter of any kind!

pps. the blessing pot is growing daily! Thanks to all in support.

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