Help Bessie Retire

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Bessie has worked hard all of her life and she’s dreaming of retirement, or at least cutting back to part-time work.  She’s familiar to almost all of the Cup of Grace volunteers who help at the Community Meal every week.  She’s been loyal to Amy and has withstood the harsh Idaho winters in her old age, transporting food to and from Amy’s house and the Spirit Lake Senior Center.  Still don’t know who Bessie is?  Bessie is the Cup of Grace van!

Bessie was “born” in 2008 and served as the Privitt family vehicle in Texas for seven years before moving them up to Idaho in 2015.  Once in Spirit Lake, Bessie began her second career as the Cup of Grace van, hauling food, clothes, fundraiser supplies, and anything else we needed her to move.  She’s been a great vehicle, but she’s getting pretty worn out and, dare we say, unreliable.  The side doors are temperamental and don’t always want to open.  Some doors don’t even lock.  And after many years of teenage boys and spilled crockpots of pasta casseroles, Bessie doesn’t look or smell her best anymore.

Bessie would love to be relieved of duty by a new van – younger, cleaner, more reliable – to take over the weekly runs to the food banks and grocery stores, go shopping for clothes and supplies for the school closets, and haul tables and raffle baskets and supplies to fundraising events.  Just the sound of all that makes Bessie tired, but a new, younger van would love those trips!  Bessie would still love to get out and run errands around Spirit Lake sometimes, but only on a part-time basis.

If you, or someone you know, have a reliable van (or minivan) you would like to donate to Cup of Grace, please contact Amy at or

(817) 228-5018.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Let’s let Bessie retire and take it easy in her golden years!     

By Tamara Wheeler

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