Special to the
Opelika Observer

BigHouse would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who donated and came out to support them at Cornerstone Family Chiropractic’s annual Back 2 School Bash. Because of the generosity of the CFC and the community, BigHouse was gifted more than $10,000. We are so amazed and forever grateful to our wonderful community of supporters who allow us to positively impact the lives of children in foster care.
• The annual Beach Trip is coming up. Every year, BigHouse provides a family beach retreat for local foster and adoptive families. We offer this trip at a discounted rate for these families and we sponsor 100 percent of the cost for children in foster care to attend. Sponsors can cover the complete cost of the trip for $100 per child. To sponsor, mail a check to BigHouse at P.O. Box 230 Opelika, AL 36803, or donate through www.ourbighouse.org.
All donations are tax deductible.
• Be on the lookout for discounted swimsuits and towels. We will be stocking up for next year’s Swimsuit and Towels Drive- so pick up a few items if you see some good deals.
• Support BigHouse when you shop at Kroger and on Amazon.
Go to Kroger.com and click the community tab to link your card to BigHouse. You can search “BigHouse” or us our organization number 49001 to register.
Go to smile.amazon.com to sign in and select BigHouse as your charity. Then start shopping.
Each quarter we receive a donation on behalf of our shopping partners. Every little bit helps.
• Do you want a free trip to the beach?
All you have to do is volunteer for our annual Family Beach Retreat. Each fall we take local foster and adoptive families to the beach for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and most importantly- FUN! We need a LOT of committed, energetic volunteers to make this trip a success! Check out more details about this year’s trip.
When: Oct. 11-15. Volunteers arrive on Oct11 for training and team-building and can stay through Oct. 15 but are also able to leave Sunday evening if needed. Families attend Friday -Monday.
Where: Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in Panama City Beach, Florida
Cost: Absolutely free. BigHouse provides your lodging and meals in exchange for your help making this weekend amazing for our families.
Transportation: Volunteers are responsible for getting themselves to the beach, but carpooling is available.
What will I be doing? We are able to match our volunteers with families so you can get to know kids and assist the family in a variety of ways.
Requirements: All volunteers must consent to a background check and attend a pre-trip meeting to receive more details.
Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? If you have any questions or want more details, email bighouse@ourbighouse.org.