First 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
WORKING TOGETHER TO FEED THE HUNGRY
In May of 1999, Randy and Terri Johnson were moved to action when they watched the horrifying reports of the devastation caused by the largest tornado in recorded history in Oklahoma City. Out of their initial effort God’s Pit Crew – a crisis response mission- was born. Recently they have shared a large amount of nutritious food with Union Church in Danville, who in turn have given the food to the Parish to be distributed through our food bank.
WE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED
Volunteers who spend a lot of time at the Parish have worked very hard to avoid contracting the COVID virus and have succeeded. They are very grateful for now having received the vaccine, but continue to engage in safe practices to protect others. Pictured above are Jane and Al Thompson, Nell Page, Annette McDuffie, Bob Foyle, Allison Lancaster, Bobby Brewer and Jeff Sicz. Not pictured are Lan Clark and Mary Glenn.
THE TWO HEARTS THRIST STORE EXPANDS HOURS AND SWITCHES TO SPRING AND SUMMER MERCHANDISE
The Two Hearts Thrift Store has a good supply of dishes, pots and pans and small appliances.
GRANT FUNDING SUPPORTS PARISH MISSIONS
The Community Foundation grant in the amount of $25,000 is designated for utility assistance and may be used to prevent cut off of ones electricity or to purchase heating fuel such as propane, oil, or wood. As of March 25, 75 families have received utility assistance from all utility funds.
County COVID relief funds in the amount of $10,000, were also designated for utility assistance.
The Second Harvest grant also came from special COVID relief funds. The $5,000 grant has been used to pay one month of wages for the two part-time employees, to cover the cost of an HVAC repair, and to purchase fresh produce for the food pantry. The closing of the thrift store for almost three months in early 2020 due to the pandemic has reduced the income used to pay wages, so this grant was especially welcomed. To have some funds for purchasing fresh produce is a great benefit to those needing food assistance.
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 January, February and March 2021.
January: Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Rocky Ashby and family, Bethel UMC – Pelham, Bart Brewer, Christa and Stan Brown, P. Dillard, Julie Hardy, Lee Jefferson, Larry Jeffress, Justin Jones, Allison and Greyson Lancaster, Leasburg UMC, Pat Lowry, Annie McGee, Rebecca Page and Bob Foyle, Purley UMC, Lena Rogers Family, Sally Smith, Jane Thomspon, Union Church
February: Anonymous, Bart Brewer, Camp Springs UMC, Diane Hall, Julie Hardy, Lab Corp Billing Department, Allison and Greyson Lancaster, PCC, Purley UMC, Union Church/God’s Pit Crew
March: Sandra Aldridge, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Bethel Christian, Bethel UMC – Park, Springs Road, Bluestone Baptist, Stan and Christa Brown, Bill Bush, Camp Springs UMC, Griers Presbyterian, Julie Hardy, Hebron UMC, Leasburg UMC, Kerrs Chapel, Pam Pruitt, Purley Methodist, Irene Rosser, Union Church – Caswell, Union UMC
Food Recipients – 1st Quarter
January – 728
February – 653
March – 678
Our food costs have been lower than usual this quarter because so many agencies are donating free food through Second Harvest, food for which we do not even have to pay shipping!
Food Costs – 1st Quarter
January – $2286.09
February – 1970.43
March – $2157.66
OUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS
First 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.
January: Anonymous, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Janie Leigh Carter, Annice Davis, Don and Kathy Donevan, Kim Gainey Drye, John Ferguson, Larry Jones (Concord Christian Church guitarist), Larry and Beatrice Lea, Donna Maskill, Annie McGee, Troy Page, Brenda Runyan/Illinois Tools Works, Inc, Sammy and Lelia Sjhelton, Benton Kay Thompson, Beth Thompson, Scott and Watlington, PA, Bethesda Presbyterian, Community Baptist, Shady Grove Methodist Men, St. James Baptist
February: Anonymous, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Larry and Evelyn Cowan, Janet Dillard, Don and Kathy Donevan, Kim Gainey Drye, Donna Maskill, George Stouffer, John, Jr. and Betty Thomas, Beth Thompson, Community Baptist, Locust Hill UMC, Milton UMC, Prospect UMC, Semora UMC, St. James Baptist, Warrens Grove UMC, Durdana Yousuf
March: Anonymous, Bobby and Bonnie Brewer, Stan and Christa Brown, Larry and Evelyn Cowan, Kim Gainey Drye, Terry and Beverly Harrelson, Wayne and Virginia Ann Hodges, Larry Jones (Concord Christian guitarist), Donna Maskill, Sharon Cobb Smith, John and Kim Steffan, The Strand Family, Freda Tate, Glenda Tate, Beth Thompson, Daniel Ray’s Facebook Birthday Fundraiser
2020 Honor Roll Donors
Food Pick-Up/Distribution: Al and Jane Thompson, Bobby Brewer , Rick Mishue, Lan Clark, Bob Foyle/Rebecca Page, Phil Harris, 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, Paul Traywick
Data Entry: Allison Lancaster, Teresa Wilcox (admin assistant), Jane Thompson, Nell Page
Administration/Grant Writing: Jane Thompson, Nell Page
Thrift Store: Mary Glenn (supervisor and volunteer) Amy Woods (display), Terri Powell (display), Teresa Wilcox (display/sorting), Annette McDuffie, Christa Brown, Debra Anderson
Technical /Web Support/ Accounting/Clerical: Stacy and Cliff Matkins, Cathy Long, Scott and Watlington
Grounds Care: Johnny Lewis
Geraldine Fuqua, Chair
Annie Sue McGee