9/4/2013 6:52:00 AM Angel Bows Update A child's act of caring grows to a cause
Hollee Woodward & Raemy Wensil
Amounts raised (from left): July 13...Renly, Raemy's brother, holds the sign (upside down) showing a total of almost $6000; July 29...Raemy announces the total of nearly $8500; Friday, August 30, before the Chick-Fil-A on Saturday...the total was just over $10,000
All photos courtesy of Charles & Dana Simpson and Angel Bows by Raemy
Dr. Robert Wensil, pastor of Pearl Baptist Church in Iron Station for many years, died December 22 of last year (2012). When his granddaughter, Raemy, heard that a friend from her church, Joyce Hoyle, was battling cancer, she wanted to help.
Raemy had made some bows to sell for a little extra spending money, but now she decided to make the bows to sell to raise money to help Joyce pay for her treatments. Joyce had medical insurance, but it did not cover all the costs. Raemy, daughter of Randy and Merodie Wensil, was joined by friend Hollee Woodward, daughter of Nikki Woodward. Raemy made the bows, now called Angel Bows, and Hollee made decorated pens, Prayer Pens, and they began selling them with the hope of raising $2000 to help Joyce.
When I interviewed the girls at Merodie's Southern Starz Cheer & Dance Studio in Stanley in late June, they were nearly at that goal. By the time we published an article about the project in mid-July, the figure had grown to over $6000. After a Saturday event at Chick-Fil-A in Belmont, the girls have now raised $12,484.
The Chick-Fil-A team went all out to help the cause. The Chick-Fil-A Cow (Eat Mor Chikin) was there, several team members came in to help out on their day off, and in addition to allowing the sale of the Angel Bows and Prayer Pens, Chick-Fil-A gave a portion of the day's receipts to the effort.
Joyce was joined at the Saturday event by Tina Hayes, who had just had a mastectomy on Thursday, and Amy Jones Lewis, who had recently undergone a double mastectomy. Joyce said the most important thing about what the girls have done is that it has strengthened her hope and faith. "I appreciate the contributions," she said, "but I appreciate all the prayers just as much."
Joyce's daughter, Dana Simpson of Alexis, echoed her mother's sentiments. "It's truly amazing what the faith of a child can accomplish," she said.
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