One non-profit organization in Fayette County is trying to improve the town of Ansted.
“I believe in another 6 months one would have been unable to restore it,” Secretary of AIM, Katheryne Hoffman said.
As a member of AIM, Hoffman turned what used to be an eyesore for the town of Ansted into a place that has tremendously improved the community. “It was an unbelievable task, when we first walked in we thought, what have we done?” Hoffman said.
Now, she couldn’t be happier with the end product. Hoffman helped create the Ansted Flea Market. They accept donations of any kind, from clocks to furniture, the market sells it all.
With all of the money the organization makes it goes right into improving the town. AIM has purchased benches that are throughout their town for people to use.
“We just keep raising money, it all goes back to the town,” Hoffman said. The organization is working to buy a clock tower and put other profits toward scholarships.
The mayor of Ansted says this project is vital for his town. “For a group of citizens to be concerned enough to donate their time, money and resources is pretty awesome,” Mayor of Ansted, Ronnie Pete Hobbs said.
Hoffman says without the people, this wouldn’t be feasible. “It’s the people who shop here, they are the ones who make this possible and make it possible for us to continue,” Hoffman said.
With all of their hard work, AIM was awarded the Governor’s Service Award for 2016 and they say that was an honor.