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

Picture food bank
Picture caswell fund
Picture food lion
Picture church
Picture heart thanks
Picture courthouse
Picture hughes foundation

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

July- 582

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

OUR VOLUNTEERS

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

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.’
Help Us
Help Others
Parish Board Members:
Geraldine Fuqua, Chair
Ann Gillespie
Claude Walker
Amy Woods
Susan Merritt
Nell Page
Jane Thompson
Nancy Wrenn
Annette McDuffie
JR Robinson
Sheryl Smith
Annie Sue McGee
Ethyl Gwynn
Debbie Rascoe
Allison Lancaster
Rocky Ashby
Christa Brown
Lan Clark