The Traveling Birdhouse

By Ryan Moody

Throughout April, Kernersville residents shopping around at their favorite local businesses may see the recurring sight of a charmingly rustic birdhouse. This unique birdhouse is being raffled off by Crisis Control Ministry’s Kernersville office to benefit their mission of assisting people in crisis to meet essential life needs, including emergency rent and utility payments, food assistance, and prescription medication assistance.

The birdhouse is a hand crafted, one of a kind piece of folk art created by Danny Townsend of Danny’s Birdhouses in Lexington, NC. Sourcing his materials from scrap yards, thrift stores, and unique secondhand stores, Danny’s Birdhouses are made using 100% reclaimed materials. As part of the raffle, Crisis Control Ministry volunteers are holding a campaign to promote Kernersville businesses and Crisis Control Ministry. The campaign, dubbed “The Travelling Birdhouse,” will display the birdhouse at several local businesses in Kernersville where patrons can purchase raffle tickets, including Unique Treasures & Collectibles, MawMaw’s Market, Cake & All Things Yummy, Hair Productions in Winston-Salem, Cooper’s Vintage Village, Musten & Crutchfield Food Market, and many more! To know where the Travelling Birdhouse will be each week, follow Crisis Control Ministry Thrift Shop on Facebook for updates.

“We are so thankful to Danny for donating one of his beautiful birdhouses to support Crisis Control Ministry,” said Kathy Hoffner, Director of the Kernersville office. “This is a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause and promote local businesses at the same time.”

The raffle is a fundraiser organized by a small group of volunteers who run the Crisis Control Ministry consignment program in Kernersville. Crisis Control Ministry ‘s Kernersville office collects donations of new and gently used household items to sell through their consignment program. Volunteers price the items and sell them at two local consignment shops in Kernersville, Unique Treasures & Collectibles and Cooper’s Vintage Village. New items get added every week on Thursdays to both locations.

The Traveling Birdhouse raffle tickets are $1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets, and $10 for twelve tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Crisis Control Ministry Kernersville office or by following the Crisis Control Ministry Thrift Shop Facebook page and purchasing tickets at the business where the birdhouse is being displayed. Proceeds benefit Crisis Control Ministry’s Kernersville office. Ticket purchases are not tax-deductible. The winner of the hand-crafted birdhouse will be announced via Facebook livestream on Thursday, May 5 on the Crisis Control Ministry Thrift Shop Facebook page.

Now in its 48th year and with offices in Winston-Salem and Kernersville, Crisis Control Ministry’s mission is to assist people in crisis to meet essential life needs and to become self-sufficient. As one of the largest emergency assistance providers in Forsyth County, Crisis Control Ministry provides short-term emergency services including mortgage and rent payments, utility bill assistance, food assistance, and prescription medication assistance to residents of Forsyth and Stokes Counties. For additional information, visit

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