by Fawn Rechkemmer on July 21, 2015

By Melody Hubbell

I live in West Plains, Missouri.

I live in the Delta Region. The Delta Region is the “most distressed area of the country,” according to the Delta Regional Authority’s website.

I live in the Ozarks. I believe the people who live here are the most generous in the country.

I have proof.

Father and Daughter

In February of this year, my daughter was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor.  She immediately began chemotherapy treatments. The community immediately began pouring their hearts out to us in prayers, meal deliveries and monetary support… more than I would have ever imagined.

In true Ozark culture, my sister and brother-in-law organized a good-old-fashioned pie supper and auction.

Pie suppers are a distinct component of the Ozark culture. They were first formed pre-scheduled and on a routine where women provided baked goods and men bid on the items. The winner shared the baked good with the baker. The proceeds went to someone in need in the local community.

The tradition has evolved to include more than baked goods AND the “date” aspect was dropped.

people looking at auction items

My daughter’s benefit pie supper and auction included more than 75 items and more than 200 bidders. So what was the total? More than $16,000.

live auction

May I remind you that I live in the Delta. I live in the Ozarks. I live in West Plains.

Mark 12:43-44: “Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

We are more than blessed.

Melody Hubbell headshotMelody has lived in four different regions of the country, but she came back home to Southern Missouri. She’s a 30-something wife, mother of two and a higher education advocate. She writes about her life’s experiences in her blog,

Cassie July 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

Community is such a special thing. So glad you had a great group of people during a hard time!

Talya Tate Boerner September 3, 2015 at 8:46 am

Hi Melody. I’m visiting from Arkansas Women Bloggers:) I grew up in the Delta – the Arkansas Delta just below the bootheel of Missouri. Now I live in Fayetteville. Prayers to your daughter. Love the Ozark folks!

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