The Foundation of Life Church served as a “life saver” especially for the male romantics of the community who waited until the 11th hour to make a Valentine purchase for their sweethearts.

Jerry Vaughan, who for 31 years was a resident of Midlothian but recently relocated to Forreston, shamelessly and openly admitted that he usually waits until the last minute to buy flowers for his wife, Linda.

Asked if he felt Linda would be pleased, he said, without hesitation, “Oh yes – she’s always happy when she gets flowers.”

The venue that was operated by members of the Foundation of Life Church served a steady stream of last-minutes shoppers Monday, Feb. 14, and when there was a lull in the traffic, Dawn Lipsey, administrator for the church, explained why they were selling bouquets and other Valentine mementoes.

“We have been doing this every year during Valentine’s for the past five years,” she said. “Proceeds from sales will go toward our mission projects, which include an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and our church is also helping to support Gerald and Jane Dollar from Waxahachie, who are serving as missionaries to the Ukraine, where they are working with the Tatar people.”

Lipsey explained that every dollar raised would go toward the church’s mission projects.

“A wholesaler has provided us with the inventory and the tent and we provide the labor and the creativity and we get to keep a certain percentage of the proceeds from the sales,” Lipsey said.

Customers continued to patronize the venue, which was located on the parking lot next door to Taco Bell, on into the early afternoon of Valentine’s Day.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.