"That's Some Pig!" $42,000 Prize Pig sold at Livestock Auction Donated to Canyon Creek Services
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Written by: Skyllar Danise, CCS Development AmeriCorps VISTA
Thanksgiving, a celebration of gratitude and thankfulness, is fast approaching and we at Canyon Creek want to take this time to express our gratitude for the generosity and kindness of our community. Each year, Canyon Creek Services receives critical donations coordinated by local individuals, groups, and organizations. CCS relies on these essential items, donations, and acts of kindness and we are so grateful for the continued support that we receive from our incredible community. As we enter into the Holiday season, the charitable giving we receive through everything from monetary donations to volunteer hours shows the overwhelming support we continue to receive from people like you.
As a community-based organization, community giving is the lifeblood of our organization. During the holiday season last year, CCS was able to serve over 70 families composed of over 120 individuals who were experiencing the devastating impacts of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. With the support of our community, CCS was able to provide a little glimmer of hope, holiday spirit, and a sense of normalcy by supplying gifts provided by angels in our community. This along with all the other donations of food and supplies that came in during the holiday season allowed CCS to provide essential items to survivors all year long.
Canyon Creek Services has grown exponentially and our community has not shied away from helping us meet the increased needs. Dedicated contributors continue to raise our average donation amounts with their generous giving while encouraging others to donate as well. According to our Annual Report, our average donation amount grew by $84 from the previous fiscal year. While we do our best to thank each of our amazing donors, we can never fully express the immense impact their donations have on our organization and those we serve. We receive a variety of donations yearly: much needed items to help run our shelter and Survivor Services, monetary donations that help us provide quality essential services, and items that meet the unique needs of the survivors we serve. Each donation we receive helps us fulfill our vision of "Communities Free of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault".
This year at the Southwest Livestock Show, a pig sold for $42,000 and it quickly made the headlines in our community. That’s “some pig” in the words of the beloved children’s book Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. The pig was donated for the auction on behalf of Chad Reid, a community member who passed away last year and who had a significant impact on livestock shows and agricultural programs in Southern Utah. All of the proceeds went towards scholarships for high school seniors involved in FFA and 4-H Clubs who are pursuing higher education.
However, the charitable giving provided by this pig to our community did not end the night it was sold. Only a day or two after the Southwest Livestock Show, Canyon Creek Services received a call that the winners of this prize pig wanted to donate the meat to our organization. The winners, Swinerton Renewable Energy, and their generous donation provided hundreds of pounds of quality cuts to stock our freezer for the individuals and families staying in our emergency shelter. The prize pig was delivered to us by Zach Garfield, who so kindly helped coordinate the entire donation.
Practically speaking, there may not have been much special about this particular pig, but it is clear that it’s value surpassed what anyone could have ever expected! Canyon Creek Services is beyond grateful to be a part of this pig’s charitable legacy and to be chosen as the recipient. CCS is honored to be a part of this community; we’re only able to provide the essential services we do with donations and support such as this. Together, we can and will create "Communities Free of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault".