By RICK CURL
Of The Record Staff
Very often the word movement is overused.
In the case of the creation of one teen in Asheboro, it might be just the right thing to say.
You have probably noticed signs in various yards with the simple phrase “Thank You Jesus” adorned on a yellow and orange background.
Those signs were the brainchild of Asheboro’s 16-year-old Lucas Hunt and have grown in number to more than 90,000 signs countrywide in 46 states.
Now, Dunn’s Beacon Rescue Mission has joined the movement offering the signs for sale.
They began as a desire to keep Christ in Christmas with their predecessor “Jesus is The Reason For The Season” signs created by young Mr. Hunt.
With all of the success, he decided to create the now-famous thank you signs for Easter — instead it became an all-season, all-year movement to place the signs in as many areas as would have them.
Mr. Love’s son, Amos, who owns Famous Amos Signs, contacted Mr. Hunt and soon the mission and Mr. Hunt’s own ministry, which has 501(c) status, were united in their cause.
“People were asking where they could get the signs,” the elder Mr. Love said. “So, we got in contact with Lucas and started buying the signs from him for us to sell locally.”
The signs are $15 each and all of the money goes to Mr. Hunt’s ministry and the Beacon Rescue Mission.
“So far I’d estimate we’ve sold around 150 signs,” Mr. Love said. “And we’ve got an order in for more. We’ve been selling a little over 50 signs a week since we began.”
If a person isn’t able to put up a yard sign, the mission also has magnets — which are exact duplicates of the signs — for sale as well.
For a donation of $8 or more, you can put one of the signs on your fridge or any other place where you feel it’s needed.
“I knew we had to get involved in his ministry,” Mr. Love said of Lucas’ efforts. “We did it because we knew he has the same heart for helping people as we do.”
The signs and magnets are available at any of the four thrift stores run by the mission located in Erwin, Dunn, Coats and Lillington.