First Quarter – 2024

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

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The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Donates Funds For a Walk-in Cooler

President James Carlson (left) from The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS and other members of the church met with Caswell Parish staff in February to deliver a humanitarian grant for the purchase of a walk-in cooler.  Pictured with Carlson are (left to right)  pantry supervisor,  Amy Ware, Parish  volunteer  co-directors,  Nell Page and Jane Thompson, and volunteer Daniel Ray. 

 “We want to bring comfort to those in need,” said Carlson.  “This money comes from Church of Jesus Christ members from all over the world, and there is a connection between all of them and us and with those who facilitate this donation.”  The Parish is deeply grateful for this generous gift. The Church of Jesus Christ has long been a friend to the Parish. Danny Ouzts, bishop of the Caswell Ward, recalled when his church installed flower beds, painted  the food pantry, finished bathrooms and put a roof on the foyer. Carson Massey added stucco and painted the front of the building for his Eagle project.

Caswell Citizen’s Bequest Makes Possible Improved
Safety and Cleanliness of the Parish Facility

How many of us have ever jokingly said we wished someone would leave us some money in their will or that we feared someone might be “cut out of the will”  for offending the beneficiary?

This daydream became a reality for the Parish when Miss Mary Lillie Watlington of the Casville Community made such a bequest in her will.  Her generous gift made possible some improvements in the safety and cleanliness of the Parish facility….improvements that the Parish could not afford to make before receiving this gift.

The badly deteriorated floor had become impossible to properly clean and the walls were marred  and dirty after years of being scuffed and scraped by food boxes and store merchandise.  The old floor has been replaced and volunteers have painted the entire facility,  both the pantry area and the thrift store.  THANK YOU,  MISS MARY LILLIE WATLINGTON!

Here  Are  Some of Our Amazing Volunteers and Parish Pics!

These are just a few of the many folks who volunteer with the Caswell County Parish.
We are so blessed to have each and every one of you who volunteer your time and donations to help those less fortunate in our community!

Parish Painters!

The second phase of the Parish facelift project involved not only the installation of a new floor but also painting the thrift store and sorting room.  Bill Morris (first picture), Bobby Brewer,  Johnny Lewis, and Nell Page (not pictured) were the painters. Both the pantry and the thrift store improvements were made possible by a bequest from Mary Lillie Watlington.

The Parish could not function without the help from many volunteers.   Pictured above are, left to right,  Colton Brewer,  Bobby Brewer,  Scott Coats, Ricky Briggs and Al Thompson. These guys are taking a break after unloading a big food delivery from Second Harvest of NWNC.

The Parish is enjoying having a cooler that holds a steady temperature!  The new cooler was donated to the Parish by Second Harvest of NWNC.


The Two Hearts Thrift Store is filled with all sorts of spring merchandise.  Come,  check us out!  The proceeds from the thrift store support the Parish ministries.

Our Generous Food Donors

Second 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 2024.

CCATS Provides Valuable Community Service

The Caswell Parish is deeply grateful to Caswell  County Area Transportation Service for delivering food to shut-ins and those with no transportation to come to the Parish to pick up an emergency food box.  Caswell County is very fortunate to have such a service!

2024 First Food Donors

January 2024

Anonymous, Anonymous, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ekkelisa Church – Blanch, Bethel UMC – Park Springs Road, Griers Presbyterian, Prospect UMC, Annie MeGee, Hebron UMC

February 2024

Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Bart Brewer, Bethel UMC – Park Springs Road, Prospect UMC, Kerrs Chapel Baptist, Locust Hill UMC, Speech Stars, Diane Hall

March 2024

Anonymous, Anonymous, Mary Thompson, Martha Olmas, James Shell, Leasburg UMC, Bart Brewer, Annis McGee

Food Recipients – 1st Quarter
January – 1, 192
February – 1, 202
March – 1, 048
Food Costs – 1st Quarter
January  –  $2,7741.12
February –  $1,556.85
March –  $2, 962.71

Our Generous Financial Supporters

Financial contributions from our churches,  organizations, and individuals provide the backbone of support for the various Parish missions and programs. Without the generosity of these supporters the Parish could not meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.  Listed below are the donors for the first quarter of 2024.

January 2024

Anonymous, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Larry Jones – Concord Christian, Ed Durham, Annie Sue McGee, Kim Gainey Drye McLamb, Donna Maskill, Susan Meadows, Durdana Starns, George and Margaret Stouffer, Beth Thompson, Community Baptist, Hamer Missionary Baptist, St. James Baptist, Write a Book Foundation

February 2024  

Anonymous, Ron and Kelly Beasley, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Bill Bush, Alvin Foster, Ed  Durham, Jonathan and Patricia Gray, Wanda and Wayne Hammock, Brenda and Billy Hodges, Larry Jones (Concord Christian), Donna Maskill, Wayne and Barbara Owen, George and Margaret  Stouffer, Glenda Tate, Betty and John Y Thomas, Jr., Beth Thompson, Benton  Kay Thompson, Angela and Bill Turner, Gina Watlington, Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church, Community Baptist, Lively Stones Baptist, Prospect UMC, Providence Baptist, St. James Baptist, NC Gamma Phi Chapter/Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority

March 2024

Anonymous, Sara and Graham Broadwell, Christa and Stan Brown, Tracy Chandler, Annice Davis, Ed Durham, Terry and Beverly Harrelson, Larry Jones (Concord Christian), Donna Maskill, Kim Gainey Drye McLamb, Wayne and Barbara Owen, Durdana Starns, Beth Thompson, Jim and Dawn Thompson, Joe and Carole Thompson, Bethel UMC – Park Springs Road, Bethesda Presbyterian, Community Baptist, Griers Presbyterian, Kerr’s Chapel Baptist, Lively Stones Baptist, New Hope UMC, Purely UMC, Red House Presbyterian, St. James Baptist

Utility Assistance – First Quarter 2024

 During the first quarter of 2024,  the Parish   provided utility assistance for 33 families, enabling them to continue to receive electrical  service.  In addition wood was delivered to 2 families. Utility assistance is made possible by donations from The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region,  Foundation for the Carolinas,  and private donations.  Families are eligible for assistance up to $300 every three years. 

Our Volunteers

Food Pick-up/Distribution – Rebecca Page and Bob Foyle, Arlandia Clark, Bobby Brewer, Meg Stouffer,  Nell Page, Al and Jane Thompson, Alvin and Suzanne Foster, Rose and Jerry Woodall, Bonnie Brewer, Phil Barfield, Scott Coats, Daniel Ray,  Micah Carpenter, Carson Craig, Matthew Sidney, JR Robinson, Carol Lamar and daughters, Rick and Cathy Briggs, Cathy Brann, Lynn Holt, Austin and Taylor Meadows, Brenda Bender 

Administration/Grant Writing – JaneThompson, Nell Page

Thrift Store – Amy Woods, Terri Powell, Terry Walker, Brenda and Joe Elliott, Tracy Chandler, Annette McDuffie, Christa and Stan Brown, Susan Meadows, Al Thompson, Bobby Brewer, Carson Craig and Kelsey Craig, Johnny Lewis, Nell Page, Ethel Gwynn

Technical/Web Support – Stacy Matkins, Cliff Matkins, Linda Watlington – Scott and Watlington, Arlandia Clark

Grounds Care- Johnny Lewis, Al Thompson

Recycling – Al Thompson, Bobby Brewer, Phil Barfield

Save the Date!

The Parish Golf Tournament will be held on wednesday, October 2nd at Caswell Pines Golf Course.

The Parish appreciates the support of all those who have participated in the past as golfers or sponsors
and hopes to see many participants again this year. This event is the primary fund raiser for the Parish.
The proceeds provide support for the Parish ministries.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him,‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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Parish Board Members:
Geraldine Fuqua, Chair
Ann Gillespie
Claude Walker
Amy Woods
Terri Powell
Nell Page
Jane Thompson
Allison Lancaster
Annette McDuffie
JR Robinson
Austin Meadows
Annie Sue McGee
Ethel Gwynn
Allison Lancaster
Rocky Ashby
Christa Brown
Lan Clark