Published December 18, 2014
By Devin Corbitt, The Belton Journal
For Reverend Lyle Pierce, retirement is not just about kicking back and relaxing. Instead, he has used his free time to continue making the world a better place, one piece at a time.
Pierce has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a disease that causes tremors throughout his body, particularly in his hands. But research as showed that concentration helps stops the tremors.
After this discovery, Pierce’s daughter purchased a dollhouse set for her father. These sets come in thousands of small pieces that require hours of precise work to be assembled. This turned out to be exactly what Pierce needed.
So far, Pierce has built four dollhouses and donated all but one – which was given to his granddaughter – to charities, including the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas. After seeing an article about the Belton Area Citizens for Seniors’ need for additional funds, he decided to donate his next dollhouse to the organization, who owns and operates the Belton Senior Activities Center.
“We’re extremely honored that he chose to make that donation to us,” Jay Taggart, President of the Belton Area Citizens for Seniors, said. “We do need the financial support, and we hope that we will have some generous offers. It would be very helpful to us, especially right here at the end of the year.”
Belton Area Citizens for Seniors is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so the purchase would be considered a tax-deductible donation. Proceeds from the dollhouse go toward the Belton Senior Activities Center, helping support nutrition, home-delivered meals and meals cooked at the center, as well as many activities throughout the year that keep local seniors active and healthy.
Rather than hosting an official auction, as many of the charities have done, Citizens for Seniors will host an informal bidding session until Dec. 22.
“So it’s going to be kind of like a silent auction, but through me (Jay Taggart). And I’ll keep them posted on where we are with the highest offer,” Taggart said. “Everybody that wants to make an offer can send me an email or a text between now and next Monday (Dec. 22).
“If they send me a text or an email with an offer, I will respond to them and tell them either they have the highest offer at that time or there is another offer that’s higher than theirs and what it is, so they could then come back with a higher offer if they want to.”
The winner of the dollhouse will be announced at 1 p.m. Dec. 22. Offers can be sent to Jay Taggart at (254) 913-1950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.