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

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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

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Volunteers Terry Powell,  Annette McDuffie, Christa Brown and Amy Woodsare busy packing away winter merchandise to make room for spring goods. The thrift store will expand its hours beginning April 9 by opening on Friday in addition to Monday and Wednesday.
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Looking for household items?
The Two Hearts Thrift Store has a good supply of dishes, pots and pans and small appliances.
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The Thrift Store has a wide selection of used clothing in excellent condition.

GRANT FUNDING SUPPORTS PARISH MISSIONS

The Parish continues to be blessed by the generosity of various foundations who have provided grant funding to support our missions.  The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region granted $25,000 to be used for utility assistance. In addition,  Caswell County and  Second Harvest shared COVID  relief funds with the Parish.

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

THANK YOU FOOD LION CUSTOMERS!

The recent Food Lion Drive has been a blessing to the Parish! 1281 pounds of canned foods were donated!

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

OUR VOLUNTEERS

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

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
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