Amissville column for Dec. 13

Christmas basket countdown

It’s been weeks of collecting non-perishable food and soliciting funds for the holiday Amissville Christmas Basket Project, but the efforts by so many will soon result in a massive outpouring of support and affection for Amissville-area needy families.

It’s a call for all hands on deck next Thursday, Dec. 20, to report to Bethel Baptist Church on Viewtown Road to work from 5 to 7 p.m. to help sort the contributions and assemble the food baskets. Long-time volunteers say helping out with the project has become an important part of the holiday season for them. A light dinner is provided for elves of all ages who work up an appetite.

In the meantime, residents have until Wednesday, Dec. 19, to drop off grocery bags of boxed or canned foods at Hackley’s Store. Area businesses such as Settle’s Cars and Trucks, Mayhugh’s Store, Narmada Winery, Early’s Carpet and Gray Ghost Winery will maintain collection jars for cash until Dec. 19 as well. You may also send a check to Amissville Christmas Baskets, 8 Carter Lane, Amissville, VA 20106.