Dec 7, 2012 11:13 AM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News
KALISPELL - A lack of funding forced a Flathead non-profit skatepark to close, but the owners hoped a live auction would help provide the financial stability needed to start over in a new building.
But owners saw a smaller auction turnout than expected, and as Laura Wilson reports, they're trying to find a different way to move forward with their cause.
It wasn't easy for J.D. and Nicci Carribin to say good-bye to their Serious JuJu Skatepark equipment, but it's something they had to do to try and keep their ministry-based skate park alive.
"It was kind of heart-breaking for us to watch 6 years of work go at bargain basement prices in a matter of four hours. But everything did sell, and that's good," Carribin said.
The money raised from the auction was enough to pay outstanding bills on their current building, but it wasn't enough to move them into a new building.
Serious JuJu will be going mobile as of January 1st, which means all of their portable skate park gear will hit the road.
"The Moonlight Garage donated a big van for us. We needed tires for it, so some folks stepped up and put brand new tires on it. Collission Craft heard and got ahold of me and the van is down there right now where it's getting a brand new [free] paint job," Carribin explained.
"There's a lot of things pulling kids in a lot of different directions, and I think this is a great ministry worth helping and worth saving. I think it's important we as a community step in and do what we can do to help them out," Collission Craft Gene Dziza pointed out.
"It's actually reaching kid and changing lives. From my own personal experience, it's changed my life in so many ways," ministry participant Carlee Hill said.
The question still remains where they'll actually during the winter months.
"We need a place where we can skate. We need an indoor location, and the other thing we need is a place for my family and I to live. This building was our home," Carribin stated.
The Carribin's will lose their skatepark, and their home in just a few weeks, but they are far from giving up.
"It's faith. We put our faith in God. He's come through for us so many times, that it would be harder for us to doubt than it is for us to believe," Carribin concluded.
They're now putting their faith in a community they have helped serve for the last six years, asking for help to preserve the home away from home for thousands of kids in the Flathead.
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