By Debbie Gregory
Barry Newberry has a warm spot in his heart for children, and if he can help a child – that’s what he’s going to do.
A lot of folks are facing the Christmas holidays in a financial bind, and once again, as in previous years, Barry is going to help the best way he knows how- so this is another great Christmas story.
Barry Newberry has spent the last several years helping families in need. This holiday season he will raffle off a 16×20 building that local people helped him build. The building is insulated, has a roll up door, and a linoleum floor. The raffle tickets are $10 each, and whoever wins it within a certain mile radius, he will deliver it. All ticket sales will be helping area children this Christmas.
“I have a non-profit organization called “Stuff Helps” which has grown over the years,” said Barry. “I am constantly reminded of how some people struggle through hard times in their lives, and this project is dedicated to help folks in need.”
Barry started out helping fire victims by furnishing what he could to help them get a household started again. “But I realized several years ago that a lot of struggling parents had a hard time around the holidays, and their kids probably wouldn’t get much for Christmas,” continued Barry. “I saw that people needed help as December 25th approached, and I decided to do something about it. Folks began donating to my Christmas project, and I’ve gotten some grants along the way, and it has certainly made a big difference in a lot of lives through the years. I also have bicycles that I give away every year and I donate food.”
For Barry Newberry, one of the brightest spots of the holiday season, is the opportunity to help other people have a merry Christmas. “This means a lot to me, and it is truly a blessing to help folks out, especially during the holidays,” said Barry. “I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support and donations through the years. Christmas is my big thing, and I just want everybody to be happy.”
For more information, or to purchase a raffle ticket for $10 each, please contact Barry at 615-633-7120. The raffle will be held on December 23.
“If you want to see the building, it’s at my shop at 503 Ferguson Hill Road, but it will be at Ben Bray’s office on Hwy. 52 By Pass West, after Saturday,” added Barry.
Few things in life are certain, but I know beyond a doubt, that Barry Newberry will be around helping people out, as long as he can.