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Yard, bake sales raise $10K for ailing youth
Rebecca Nelson, Bailey Duke, Courtney Brown, Payton Duke, Gabbi Brown and Sydney Giles, all members of the South Effingham Middle School Y Club, volunteered to help with the Jordan Jackson fundraiser Saturday. - photo by Photo by Angela Mensing

Saturday’s yard and bake sale fundraiser brought in close to $10,000 for the Jordan Jackson medical fund.

“We did one heck of a job ... $10,000. Oh yeah,” said Pauline Morgan, Jordan Jackson’s great aunt.

Morgan, Linda Clay, Jennie Hartranft were among those who coordinated the event with the help and assistance of the South Effingham Middle School Y Club and a few early-bird shoppers.

“(S)o many volunteers showed up that I totally lost count but I could almost say there were at least 50, maybe even more,” said Morgan. “People showed up to shop at 7 a.m. and we told them we were still setting up so they jumped right in and started helping us out.”

Beverly Donaldson, Y Club rep for SEMS, said she had 21 students volunteer, one-third of the
60 students enrolled. Some of the volunteers arrived as early at 6 a.m., working until closing.

Even the “star” of the event pitched in.

“I’d like to thank Jordan who did an awesome job helping us.  He even tried on some of the hats for some camera shots,” said Morgan. “He did some really silly things … (h)e was so funny and he had lots of fun as we all did watching him!”

Doctors diagnosed Jackson in July with acute promyelocytic leukemia, a distinct subtype of acute myeloid leukemia. He’s undergoing arsenic trioxide treatments three hours a day, five days a week.