By Stephanie Heinatz
Long days of lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun, fishing off the pier, and exploring all that the magnificent York River brings to our family always results in happy hearts, incredible memories, and lots of wet bathing suits and towels!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining.
But when we moved into our river cottage in 2018, I knew one of the first things I needed to do was come up with a system to channel the sand, wet towels, bathing suits, and flip flops to a good spot somewhere between the beach and the back door.
Then, on a visit to Gloucester Main Street, I saw this.
This bright, happy, colorful pallet.
I was drawn to it…and to its artist.
Turns out, I would fall in love with the story behind it, too.
The pallet was propped up against the side of The Puller Center building – a VersAbility Resources program supporting people with disabilities and helping them lead productive and fulfilling lives.
VersAbility Resources itself I knew had programs that included children’s services, employment services, community living, transition to work, day support and so much more.
At The Puller Center, I learned soon that they were the only work program serving people with disabilities in the 10 counties on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck – the most beautiful river country in all of Virginia.
While we are big supporters of all that VersAbility Resources provides the entire community, we admit that we’re partial to the work they do on the Middle Peninsula where we are based.
Back to the pallet.
The pallet itself was painted by a team of people at The Puller Center and was for sale as a way to help raise awareness and support for the programs they offer.
I had to have it.
I had no idea where it would go or what I would do with it.
But I had to have it.
After a couple of employees loaded it up in my SUV, it came to me.
With all of its colorful glory, and the happy vibe it brought me in much the same way the river does, it would be my porch piece to collect towels and wet bathing suits.
With a few little hooks purchased from the Little England Mercantile, we were in business.
Now, you may wonder why we are bringing you this little story here today.
Well, I’m here to tell you that first and foremost, those pallets are still being painted and made by the folks at The Puller Center. Go and get you one!
But more importantly, I want to let you know you can help Marker Nine continue to support The Puller Center.
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, during the annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival, we will be set up in the parking lot of The Puller Center at the Gloucester Main Street Association Beer Garden. There will be live music, craft beer, food trucks and good times.
We are pleased to announce that we will donate 10 percent of our sales from that day to The Puller Center and VersAbility Resources.
It’s a cause that’s important for our community.
It’s a cause that’s important for our family – my own uncle has lived with a disability his entire life and benefitted from a similar program in his home state of Florida.
And it’s a cause that’s important for all the men and women who benefit from the services The Puller Center provides.
Join us at the Beer Garden. Join us in supporting The Puller Center.
And if you need one, get yourself a pallet and make your own little towel rack, too!