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MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine woman would like to give a local non-profit organization a real pick-me-up.

Tiffany Hood wants to raise money to buy a portable lift for patients at Crossroads Inc. to give her fellow staff-members there an easier and safer way to move wheelchair-bound patients to and from bed.

Hood, owner and manager of Hood's Farm Fresh Produce and service coordinator for Crossroads Inc., has put together a vendor show from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the city parking lot at the corner of East Third and Cedar streets.

All proceeds from vendor fees and the silent auction will be donated to Crossroads to purchase a portable hydraulic lift to help transfer wheelchair-bound people to a bed or chair.

Crossroads Inc. in Muscatine is a non-profit organization that offers community living assistance and employment training for people with special needs or disabilities.

“We have clients in wheelchairs and it’s kind of rough having to physically pick them up to help them with care. The Hoyer lift would be easier and safer for them and us,” said Hood. “More advanced lifts with rails can cost up to about $5,000. We’re going to go with a general rolling Hoyer lift, which should be around $1,000 or $1,500.”

The event will feature approximately 40 vendors featuring products such as makeup, jewelry, purses, books and photography. Baked goods will be for sale and entertainment will be provided by DJ Troy “Stinky”  Philpott, who is donating his time.

Hood said that many of the vendors also donated items for the silent auction, including candles, gardening baskets, a girl’s princess birthday party kit, boys sports-themed birthday party kit and crafting items.

“I’ll set up a couple tables with fake tattoos and finger nail polish for the kids, then a table with coloring sheets for the kids to color or cut out. They’re just things for the kids to do while their parents are shopping. I also have a Barefoot Books consultant doing story time, which should be fun,” said Hood.

Uncle Jimmy’s will be selling food items and donating part of the proceeds to the cause.

“They’re brand new, they just got their certification last month,” said Hood. “It’s a couple that lives in Blue Grass. They bought a food truck and sell ribs, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. They’re doing the Bix Fest and just started doing the Muscatine Farmer’s Market.”

For dessert, community members and Crossroads staff members are donating baked good items for a bake sale. Hood said she will be personally making a few items and expects there to be a variety of cookies, brownies and cupcakes available.

Hood was undaunted by the event’s organization as she has organized a couple fundraisers in the past.

“Last fall I had a fundraiser in Tipton for their animal shelter and before that I organized a chili cook-off,” she said.

Any proceeds left over after the purchase of the lift will be donated to the Crossroads Inc. general fund. The organization will have a booth to hand out fliers for a first carnival fundraiser it will hold from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. 

"It's a carnival theme with bouncy houses, bingo, a cakewalk, various games and prizes here at Crossroads," said Hood.