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FMCA Members Giving Back to the Community

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March 4, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

Perry Agricenter in Georgia, site of this month's FMA international rally.

Perry Agricenter in Georgia, site of this month's FMCA international rally.

Cincinnati-based Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) will host its 85th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, March 14 to 17.

The association has made it a goal to give back to the communities it visits for its conventions, according to a news release.

A group of FMCA members who enjoy quilting have been stitching special gifts to leave behind in Perry. The FMCA On-Road Quilters will donate children’s quilts to the Crossroads Quilt Guild, which provides quilts to the children’s hospital, area police and fire departments and shelters for battered women.

Based on past motorhome conventions, Arlene Kaminski, the FMCA member who coordinates this effort, expects that FMCA members will bring along and donate some 40 to 50 quilts.

The quilts will be on display at the FMCA Information Center in the Multipurpose Building on Thursday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This has become an FMCA tradition and is one means of leaving something behind in the community.

Three weeks before the ”Southern Reunion,” owners of about 2,500 coaches were registered for the event.

This year, FMCA has sold out 156,000 square feet of outdoor display space at which manufacturers are expected to exhibit more than 800 new motorhomes. In addition, 400 booths also have been sold out to 300-some vendors offering RV accessories, camping supplies and related products.

Other activities noted

During the convention, used eyeglasses will be donated by FMCA members as a way of supporting the Lions’ Foundation Eyeglass Program, which helps to ensure that needy people are able to enjoy the benefits of vision correction.

Many RVers are involved in the activities of Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. In fact, FMCA even has a motorhoming chapter whose members donate their time and talents throughout the year by participating in Habitat for Humanity builds. The group often schedules builds near conventions and rallies that FMCA hosts. The chapter is scheduled to participate in a two-week build in Plains, Ga., following the Perry convention.

The Professional RV Vendors chapter of FMCA will be collecting non-perishable food items during the convention for donation to a local food bank.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 15 to 17, at noon, FMCA national officers compete in pedal boat races. Attendees will be able to cheer on their favorite pedal boat by donating a dollar to benefit the local food bank. Those who donate to the winning boat for the day will have the opportunity to exchange their winning ticket for 100 Grand — a 100 Grand “fun-size” candy bar, that is!

These represent only a few of the ways FMCA members are making a difference in the lives of others. Many of the association’s nearly 500 chapters support various worthwhile causes year-round.

In addition, throughout the year association members participate in a dues “Round Up” program that benefits Habitat for Humanity, the National Center on Family Homelessness, ProLiteracy Worldwide and Good Will-Hinckley, organizations that provide a helping hand to families throughout the country. To date the association has donated more than $1 million to these organizations.

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