Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Rainbow of Help is in need of a pot of gold. This year is the 15th anniversary of the not-for-profit organization that has been there in the time of need of hundreds of local people going through storms in their lives. They are closing in on one million dollars raised for those with extreme medical needs.
The Rainbow of Help, Inc. was formed in 1999. It started with an outpouring of concern for accident victim Missy McFarlane. When friends gathered to put on a benefit to assist with medical expenses, it was a huge success, and the McFarlanes wanted to pass on the support. As more benefits were added, many people who received help joined the group to pay it forward. The volunteer group consists of caring people who have had family and/or friends impacted by traumatic physical circumstances that required help above and beyond what they had.
With their combined vast experience and contacts, the organization provides the support and advice families need. ROH walks the recipients through the fundraising process step-by-step, from getting food and prize donations to scheduling and advertising, but it doesn’t end there. For the set-up, clean-up and on the day of the event, ROH members are there in a sea of rainbow tie-dyed shirts to lend a hand.
At every ROH-assisted benefit, you’ll see the brightly painted trailer that carries the essentials, from basket auction buckets to kitchen supplies, signs and more. The group’s inventory is centrally located here and is ready to travel from one end of the county to the other. The fact is, the faithful trailer is bursting at the seams and in need of replacement, and the volunteers are turning to the community for support.
Bob McFarlane, president of ROH said, “In order to keep on doing what we do so well and effectively, we need a larger trailer first and foremost. We simply have outgrown our former, which was so graciously donated, and need to raise some funds to invest in a larger unit.”