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Falling for Families Petersburg, Virginia

Donations as of October 07, 2015:

$1,996.00 Raised Offline
$2,604.00 Raised Online
$4,600.00 Total Raised

Charlie Dyson's Page

I first learned about the "Falling for Families" fundraiser proposed by our local Habitat for Humanity in an e-mail sent to me by our local office. It asked for volunteers to skydive out of an airplane to encourage folks to sponsor them by making a donation to help build affordable housing for those less fortunate in our community. My first thought was why would anyone dive out of a perfectly good airplane. Then I thought about the families of the six homes that I worked on during the past year. One of them in particular was Jimmy Goodman's home. Jimmy has been a technician working for Sunbelt Rentals for the past 10 years. He and his family had been living in a home with no running water, no heat but a wood stove, and their only means of cooking was a microwave oven. Jimmy not only completed his required hours of "sweat equity" building his own home, but he also volunteered to help with the building of a home for others.

Just as I had questioned why anyone would volunteer for this fundraiser my friends began asking me that same question after I volunteered to participate. They wanted to know if I had ever done this before, was I in an airborne unit when I served in Vietnam,was it something that I had always wanted to do, or was it something that I had recently added to my bucket list. The answer to all of those questions is no. This was not something I wanted to do or had ever thought about doing. I just thought about Jimmy and all of the other families that have their own stories and reasons why they need a helping hand.

I also realized, when I read the e-mail that the event was to take place only four days after my 70th birthday which is April 16th. I thought maybe folks would be encouraged to make a donation to sponsor my skydive to help me celebrate my birthday. I hope by volunteering to participate in this fundraiser that it will be instrumental in raising funds to help with the building of six more homes for needy families during the coming year. My sincere appreciation to all who have already or may in the future make a donation on this site to sponsor my skydive.

 Thank you & God bless.               Charlie Dyson 




Comment Donation
Megan Toomey B/c of you, families like mine are able to accomplish the American Dream. Your a great person, thank you for all the hard work on my home!:)
John Nash
Bev and Hogey Smith We're so proud of you and for all the work you've done for Habitat for Humanity
Donald & Kathy White
Lee & Sharon Stanley
Wayne Jones
Don & Jo Richardson
Leota Strother
Mildred Morris
Spencer & Dale Ball
Independence Church
The Crews Family
Bruce & Shannon Lawson
Betty Schools You should wait and do this for your 90th Birthday then it wouldn't make as much difference if the chute didn't open
Alvin & Susie Witbeck We will send our prayers up for your safety
Bobby & Peggy Vaughan
Judy & Earl Lane
Jan & Denny Brown I will donate five hundred if you can get Wayne Jones to go with you
David & Janice Southall
Mark & Rebecca Highfield Good luck Charles! We'll pray that you stay safe and have fun!!
F.W. Happy 70th. After this adventure you will know why the birds sing.
The Weiers Happy 70th Charlie! Enjoy your adventure!
Larry & Brenda Gilman
Perk & Brenda Walls Wishing you a safe and soft landing.
Gary & Karen Justus Best wishes for a soft landing. You can be proud of your commitment.
Marsha, Andy, Sarah, & Ben Hoffman Happy 70th Birthday! The secret to a long life is to keep breathing as long as possible!
Disciples Men ICC May our support carry you to a safe landing
Grayson S. Johnson
Jo Anne Harris If only you could take Buck with you then I wouldn't have to feed him.
Ashworth Class Charles, If you were in a play, we would say "Break a leg" but that doesn't seem appropriate. So..."Happy Landing" We will be praying for you!
Martha Waring
Jimmy Thayer Happy 70th Birthday! $3.00 for each decade!
Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Bachman
Peggy Lingo (Chris too) You are truly my hero!
Maynard and Laura Dyson Happy Birthday!
Darrell & Nancy Wright In memory of Anna, she never got her chance to skydive...if she were here she would be doing this with you!
Keith, Casey & Dean Good Luck! Happy Jumping and Birthday!
Richard & Judy Barnette Happy Birthday!! You know you are getting old when your sweetie asks you if "you wanna neck" and hands you a piece of chicken,
denise&jim a great thing to do for a great cause
Debbie and Mike Bailey Happy Birthday and Happy Jumping!!!
Jim & Susan Lowe Good Luck Charlie...a great cause that will help other families...let us know how the "landing" felt..
Clark Murphy Charlie: I jumped out when I was 25 years old. I didn't get anything for it. It appears you may receive a blessing. Good Luck!!
Don Hoyt Good Luck, Charlie. Go for it !!
Russell & Lyla Buchanan May God watch over you, and don't forget to pull the D ring.
Jimmy & Martha Morgan Happy Landings..... Its for a good cause.
Steve Bullock A demented, dementia-driven idea for someone your age. Trying to keep up with George H W Bush perhaps? Watch the impact on landing!
Laura and Josh Gardner Enjoy the Jump! What a great cause!
George Robinson Thanks for all you do!!
Mike & Lauri Harman Make sure your teeth are glued in and your eyeglasses strapped tight! Have fun!
Steve Childrey I appreciate what you are doing Charlie!

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