By Dana Clary
Scott Hoobery and son, Darrian, were both moved to conviction when they found out their friend and co-worker, Brendan, age 28, was diagnosed with lung cancer in advanced stages. Brendan is an eight-year deputy for the Washington County Sheriff’s office in Weiser, Idaho. Scott considered how he could possibly help in this extraordinary situation and decided that a community yard sale had potential to raise funds for his friend and his small family.
Scott’s wife, Mandy, was so inspired by her husband’s love for his friend, she immediately went into action. Assisted by family, Don and Niki Houser, they began preparing for the sale. The sheriff’s office helped to coordinate the location in the shaded lawn of the county courthouse. Through social media and more, they began advertising and seeking contributions with two weeks and two empty trailers in front of their home.
The community of Weiser responded profoundly.
As the momentum of the fundraiser progressed, the two trailers of donations became ten. The side street of the Hoobery home could not occupy the goods and the local high school offered protected space for the packed trailers.
For three hot August days, friends and family of Deputy Loudermilk volunteered to accept, organize, and process countless boxes, totes, bags, and items in hopes of making two to three thousand dollars. The results of their love and determination far exceeded their expectations. Exponentially.
When asked why the response of this small town was so overwhelming, one volunteer suggested that “it’s the act of doing something good in the world when so much has been bad.” Being a part of the beauty in the world instead of a part of the chaos. The layers of this act of kindness continue to unfold.
On Saturday, the group offered victims of the Rock Creek fire the opportunity to come and take whatever items they may need for free. Accelerated with winds, the fire ripped through the edge of the city just days before and a few were left homeless. Despite this added tier of uncertainty that has consumed 2020, there is no shortage of small town support the can be felt.
When unwrapping this story as a gift, the development of kindness and selflessness multiplies as vastly as the countless volunteers and contributions. There are simply too many to mention and too many to thank.
By tonight the courthouse yard will be cleared out and evidence of a yard sale that was will slowly fade away as the grass perks back up. At the end of the sale, the stuff will be gone - repurposed, rehomed, trashed. At the end of the day, the most important thing that remains is not what treasure was found at the sale or, oddly, even the money raised for Brendan. At the center of all of this, is the evidence of love shared in a small town and the ability to express this support in community.