Third Quarter – 2021
The Parish Post
A Quarterly Newsletter From the Caswell County Parish
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
MOTHER NATURE SHINES ON THE PARISH GOLF TOURNAMENT
After two days of rain. October 6 dawned with clouds and fog, but gradually gave way to sunshine. Seventy-nine golfers did their best to play into the winner’s circle.
The first place team, winning the $400 prize, was made up of Mike Briggs. Mike Seamster, Dennis Hackler, and Dan Toms. Second Place was won by Danny Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Corey Thompson, and Lee Chilton. Third place was captured by Thomas Thompson, Mike Green, Mark Brisson, and Richard Joyner; and fourth place was won by the Greear Properties team made up of Robbie Greear, Robert and Sharon Duncan, and Bob Greear. Many of the winners donated their prize money back to the Parish.
OTHER WINNERS INCLUDED PRIZES for the longest drive on #9, won by Rick Slade, and prizes for those whose tee shots landed closest to the pin on the par threes. Harry Hartman, Robbie Greear, Jimmy Watlington, and Kent Mise took home the honors in this category.
The 50-50 POT WAS A POPULAR PRIZE. Terry Powell presented Travis Hoesli with $400 from the proceeds of that game of chance.
Many of the golfers said they had a fun day. The Parish is deeply grateful for their support.
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN HAS MIXED REVIEWS
The summer meal program sponsored by Second Harvest and administered by the Parish was a good idea that did not quite live up to its promise. The goal was a worthy one – to make sure children had nutritious meals during the months when they were not being fed at school. Parents were to pick up each week enough food to feed their children both breakfast and lunch for five days. One of the problems was that families with several children did not have refrigerator space to hold a week’s worth of milk and juice. In addition, many of the meals were simply not appealing to children. In Caswell, 53 children were initially registered for the program, but only 32 were in the program by the end of the season. If the program is renewed next summer, it is hoped that those in charge of the program will make some adjustments based on this summer’s experience.
DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL INTERN STUDIES FOOD IN SECURITY IN CASWELL COUNTY
Valorie Cook spread sunshine wherever she served this summer. The wife of the pastor of Danville Union Church and a rising second year student at Duke Divinity School shared her talents in three main areas in the county while focusing on food insecurity: The Caswell Parish, Prospect Methodist Church, and the Caswell Food Council. She was willing to take on any task and served with a smile. She was a great asset in the Parish food pantry, cheerfully packing food boxes for clients.
BACKPACK DISTRIBUTION TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER
After suspending the backpack weekend food program for students last year due to the pandemic the program is being reinstated for the current school year. Distribution to students should begin in mid to late October.
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS
When shoppers enter the Two Hearts Thrift Store they will immediately see many excellent bargains on good quality merchandise: furniture, household items, clothing, music and video selections, and small appliances. Those looking for seasonal decorations will find many bargains for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and the winter season. Come check us out!
The store is now open extra hours on Wednesdays, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Leasburg UMC group unpacked and sorted donations from Thompsonville Baptist: Joy Struchen, Vickie Coleman, Brenda Bender, Lynn Holt, and Carol Lamar
CHRISTMAS CHEER PROJECT
The Caswell Parish will accept applications from families in need of Christmas Cheer assistance for their children from October 20 through November 17.
OUR GENEROUS FOOD DONORS
First Quarter Donors
Our mission to feed the hungry could not be carried out without the generous support of the churches, organizations, and individuals in Caswell County who donate food each month. We are grateful for the generous support during the months of July, August, and September 2021.
July: William Bowes, Rose Byrne, Liz Cornish, Larry Foster, Julie Hardy, Larry and Rita Holt, Tony, Kenny Turner, Patricia Walker, Walker Wright, Bullah Baptist, Camp Springs UMC -West, Farm Bureau Women’s Group, Hebron UMC, Purley UMC
August: Anonymous 2, Nydyae Barksdale, Sara Broadwell, Christa Brown, Ebony Carter, Joan Carter, Elizabeth Cornish, Pat Crist, Donna Dalton, Paul Gbson, Diane Hall, Julie Hardy, Leslie Hunt, T. Hiioer, Danelle Rogers, Linda Vernon, Camp Springs UMC, BetherlUMC-Park Springs Road, Farm Bureau, Leasburg UMC, Milton UMC, PCC Ag Program, Prospect UMC, Purley UMC
September: Anonymous, Beverly Brown, Rose Byrne, Samantha Estes, Jo’s Farm, Jackie Simpson, Dwight Smith, Ms. Wimple, Camp Springs UMC-East, Griers Presbyterian, Leasburg UMC, Kerrs Chapel, Locust Hill Methodist, Pleasant Grove Presbyterian, Prospect Methodist/Rebecca Page, Purley Methodist, Union Methodist
Sharing Their Harvest Earinings with the Parish
Sarah and Anderson Blanton have enjoyed much success with their farming operation at Whippoorwill Herb Company, and they said they wanted to use some of their proceeds to help the less fortunate. They presented a check to the Parish in the amount of $5,000. Administrative assistant, Teresa Wilcox, received the generous donation on behalf of the Parish.
Food Recipients – 3rd Quarter
August – 512
September – 598
Utility Assistance Third Quarter: 61 Families
Food Costs – 3rd Quarter
July – $1,288.55
August – $1,540.98
September – $1,827.46
OUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS
Third Quarter Donors
Also vital to our mission are the financial contributions from our churches, organizations, and individuals – listed below. These donations enable us to keep our doors open and to purchase food.
July: Blackbaud Giving Fund,Community Baptist, Lively Stones Baptist, Prospect IMC, Locust Hill UMC, Red Hill Batpist, St. James Baptist, Anonymous, Sara and Anderson Blanton, Larry Jones, Donna Maskill, Nell Page, Tony Stanley, George and Margaret Stouffer, John Y, Jr. and Betty Thomas, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Benton C. Thompson, Beth Thompson
August: The Altria Group, Blackbaud Giving Fund, Community Baptist, Kerr’s Chapel Baptist, Lively Stones Baptist, St. James Baptist, Yanceyville Presbyterian, Anonymous, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Annice Davis, Janet Dillard, Jonathan and Patricia Gray, Kim Gainey Drye McLamb, Donna Maskill, Beth Thompson, Willie Turner
September: Bethel Methodist-Park Springs Road, Community Baptist, Lively Stones Baptist, St. James Baptist, Graham and Sarah Broadwell, Anonymous, Rose and Edna Byrne, Annice Davis, Phil Harris – in memory of Ruth Page and Dr. Allison Page, Larry Jones (Concord Christian) Kim Gainey Drye McLamb, Donna Maskill, Tony Stanley, George and Meg Stouffer, Beth Thompason
2020 Honor Roll Donors
Food Pick-Up/Distribution: Al and Jane Thompson, Bobby and Bonnie Brewer, Ann Gillispie, Rick Mishue, Lan Clark, Bob Foyle/Rebecca Page, Alvin/Suzanne Foster, JR Robinson, Greyson/Allison Lancaster, Nell Page, Phil Barfield, David Garland, Jeff Sicz, Rocky Ashby, Jessica Schumacher, Sheryl Smith, Ernest Watkins, Micah Carpenter, Carson Craig, Valorie and Olivea Cook, Ricky Briggs
Data Entry: Mary Jo Henderson, Allison Lancaster, Teresa Wilcox, Cathy Long
Administration/Grant Writing: Jane Thompson, Nell Page
Thrift Store: Mary Glenn, Daniel Ray, Amy Woods, Terri Powell, Teresa Wilcox, Annette McDuffie, Christa Brown, Ethel Gwynn, Debbie Messinger
Technical /Web Support/ Accounting/Clerical: Stacy and Cliff Matkins, Cathy Long, Scott and Watlington
Grounds Care: Johnny Lewis
Geraldine Fuqua, Chair
Annie Sue McGee