Former First Baptist Pastor tries to raise $50,000

Greg DeLoach is asking his friends and family for gifts, but not for himself.

The former First Baptist Church of Augusta pastor is asking each of his friends, family and his 2,100 Facebook friends to donate $25 to Developmental Disa­bilities Ministries, of which he is now president and CEO.

“As you get older, you really don’t want things for yourself,” said DeLoach, who turned 50 on Monday. “I thought, what would mean a lot to me is if people gave to a cause I care deeply about.”

DeLoach, who now lives in Norcross, Ga., is trying to raise $50,000. The campaign will likely extend through the summer.

 “If each of my friends gave as little as $25, together we could raise over $50,000 that will go directly to serving persons with developmental disabilities,” he wrote in his blog, Pilgrim’s Walk. “I know that for some $25 is too much – then all I ask is make a donation you can afford. For others $25 is not much at all – I ask that you choose to give generously.”

Developmental Disabilities Min­is­try operates 19 group homes throughout Georgia for adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Two are in Augusta with a third likely opening within the next couple of months, DeLoach said.

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