When Central Valley Children’s Services Network raffled off a gingerbread playhouse last Thanksgiving weekend in a fundraiser, event organizers could never have imagined how the good deed would be passed along.
Valerie Plaster of Fresno won the raffle and donated the playhouse to Lacey Dunkin and her family of six adopted sisters. A representative of Central Valley Children’s Services said Plaster was moved after reading about the Dunkin family in a Thanksgiving Day story in The Bee.
Plaster happened upon the Central Valley Children’s Services playhouse display at Sierra Vista Mall on Thanksgiving weekend, said Ofelia Gonzalez, the network’s public relations director. Plaster “mentioned she had no need for a playhouse, but ... said that she purchased the ticket hoping to win the playhouse for Lacey Dunkin’s adopted little girls whom she read about in The Fresno Bee,” Gonzalez said.
Plaster won the raffle Nov. 30 and Central Valley Children’s Services followed through by delivering the playhouse Thursday to the Dunkin home.