TNT Ranch and Recovery Fundraiser
Recovery can mean a whirlwind of things, but for the people at TNT Ranch and Recovery it means one thing: hope.
Just two and a half years ago, Jim Parker was in a very dark place due to alcoholism. He entered the doors of TNT Ranch and Recovery and says he never looked back. “It’s helped me get out of thinking about Jim Parker all the time and I’ll always be grateful to this place.”
TNT Ranch has been helping addicts, homeless veterans, and the mentally ill get back on their feet for more than 20 years now. They love what they do here and Owner Tony Stapleton tells News 25 he started this place after his own dark path with alcohol. “There’s so many people right now that are suffering from the alcohol and the drugs that are dying and I just love people and I wanted to be able to help someone.”
Stapleton says everyday they have to turn down people at the ranch so it is crucial that they raise money so they can one day get a larger facility to keep up with the demand they have.
More than a year after the ribbon cutting at its new facility in June 2017, the need and use of the ranch’s services continues to grow. These needs are reflective of how many lives TNT Ranch is touching.
Stapleton is hoping history will repeat itself and urges the community to lace up their tennis shoes and join in a fundraising walkathon coming up on Saturday, July 14th at Milner Stadium in Gulfport. “When someone comes and helps participate in this event you are help saving possibly someone’s life. It’s important that we raise money so we can be able to help more people,” said Stapleton.
If you can’t make the walk, you can stop by Rouse’s on Pass Road in Gulfport to make pledges in $5 increments. Regardless, Stapleton says the mission will continue one step, one day at a time.