Build For Hope. Re­claim­ing Lives.

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Lyle Had­lock

I’ve been known to col­lect things from dump­sters, be­hind build­ings, yard sales, etc, and my wife even ac­cuses me of be­ing a pack rat. You’ve heard the say­ing “One man’s trash, is another man’s trea­sure”? I’ve found this to be true in many sit­u­a­tions.

Along with my pas­sion for mu­sic, I have a pas­sion for cre­at­ing and build­ing things out of wood and junk that I’ve come across in my trav­els.

When my first daugh­ter grad­u­ated from High­school, I built her what was my first at­tempt at a hope chest, from wood I was given that was ly­ing be­hind a gro­cery store that had closed it’s doors. With the men­tor­ship of my good friend and crafts­men Allen Houtz, a master­piece was born. I then went to another friend the re­nouned artist Don­ald Allen and asked if he would paint my daugh­ter’s fa­vorite flower, a sun­flower on one of the front cor­ners. A few days later he called and said it was done. I was as­tounded beyond words, when I saw that he not only had painted a sun­flower, but many of them. The front of the hope chest had be­come a master­piece. What once was des­tined to end up in a dump-

ster now had a value you could not put a price on. I have since built four more hope chests, all out of re­claimed wood. The last one was for my other daugh­ter when she grad­u­ated from High School as well. I went to my artist friend, who now was 85 years old and he painted another master piece of her fa­vorite ower, the daisey. Another time­less trea­sure from dis­carded wood. I’ve called the UPS truck I drive “The Think­a­bater” be­cause many ideas have been born and be­come a re­al­ity while think­ing about them as I’ve de­liv­ered parcels over the years. Hav­ing had many re­quests to do a live con­cert, I was in­spired with the idea of tak­ing my love of mu­sic and love of wood­work­ing and com­bin­ing them into one event. This is how the “Hope For To­mor­row” Christ­mas con­cert and “Build For Hope” ben­e­fit for the Food and Care Coali­tion came about. I’m hop­ing many wood­work­ers will come for­ward after read­ing this ar­ti­cle and give to our com­mu­nity their time and tal­ent for the love of build­ing for this great cause. I have 200 year old wood on hand that came from an Opera House on the east coast, as well as wood that was re­claimed from a bar­rack out in Topaz on the west desert, that housed the Ja­panes peo­ple dur­ing World War II. The hope chest that will be built from this ma­te­rial will have quite a his­tory. Th­ese one of a kind Hope Chests will then go on pub­lic dis­play in a silent auc­tion at the Nu Skin In­no­va­tions build­ing in Provo, for 2 weeks prior to the “Hope For To­mor­row” Christ­mas con­cert. Cre­at­ing th­ese chests will do much in the great cause of re­claim­ing the lives of the pa­trons who en­ter the doors of the Food and Care Coali­ton in Provo. The con­cert will be held in the same lo­ca­tion at Nu Skin in Provo Utah on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6th. All pro­ceeds from the auc­tion­ing off of th­ese beau­ti­ful chests will go to the coali­tion. We all have value and some­thing to other each other, that can make our lives more mean­ing­ful. Ev­ery dol­lar that is raised in this event equates to one meal and in feed­ing some­one who’s in need. Come and join us in this great event and make a dif­fer­ence. Go to foodand­care.org and click your mouse on the ti­tle, “Hope For To­mor­row” to or­der tick­ets.

Lyle Had­lock

Lyle Had­lock’s first Hope Chest, with painted sun­flow­ers by Don­ald Allen.

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