Thu, June 27

Church donates for Rainbow Acres golf carts

When Rev. Lloyd Stoops visited Rainbow Acres, he could see the need for golf carts right away. Not for getting in 18 holes, but for traversing the 20-plus acres of the Rainbow Acres campus.

And as senior pastor of the Happy Trails Christian Fellowship in Surprise, he felt confident that his congregation could help wrangle up some carts.

Once Rev. Stoops put out the call, donations began to come in. Soon, the goal of three carts for Rainbow was reached, thanks to the cart donations of Leon McBride, Mrs. Tommie Sikora, and Larry Kopecky. But one of the carts needed new batteries. An appeal was made at the next Sunday morning worship service, and within a few days, more than enough funds for the new batteries were in hand.

Happy Trails resident John LaFever, who works with golf carts, was approached about helping with the delivery. He offered the use of his truck and trailer to transport the carts to Rainbow in exchange for a tank of gas.

A contingent of 17 people from Happy Trials visited Rainbow Acres the day the golf carts were delivered, and enjoyed the hospitality of Rainbow president Gary W. Wagner. In addition to the carts, Rev. Stoops and Happy Trails Missions Chair Lois Trice presented Rainbow the surplus funds from the battery appeal in the form of a check for $250 to be used "for the greatest need."

"We are indeed blessed to have supporters like Happy Trails Christian Fellowship," Wagner stated. "The golf carts they've provided will help the staff assist many of our elder Ranchers more easily get around the grounds, promoting an active lifestyle."

Rainbow Acres is located in Camp Verde, and is a nonprofit, faith-based, assisted living facility for adults with developmental disabilities. For additional information, call (928) 567-5231, or visit