Amissville column for Dec. 10

Coats and blankets for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Neighbors on Hinson Ford Rd. filled the back of a full-sized SUV with donated blankets and coats to be sent to Syrian refugees living in tent cities in southern Turkey.Cathie Shiff
Neighbors on Hinson Ford Rd. filled the back of a full-sized SUV with donated blankets and coats to be sent to Syrian refugees living in tent cities in southern Turkey.

Five generous families on the north end of Hinson Ford Road filled 24 large trash bags with donated coats and blankets to send to Syrian refugees living in tent camps in southern Turkey. Part of a month-long charity effort, the donated items were dropped off last week at a collection center in Centreville. This is the third year for the blanket and coat drive, which is coordinated by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and supported by local charities, governments and religious organizations. In 2015, the group collected more than 25,000 blankets which were shipped last year to the more than four million Syrian refugees in the camps. It is part of a national effort lead by Embrace Relief, which has a goal of collecting enough items to fill 10 shipping containers this year.

Amissville holiday food drive

Volunteers are needed next week to sort and box donated food for needy families in Amissville.Cathie Shiff
Volunteers are needed next week to sort and box donated food for needy families in Amissville.

While we are enjoying warm temperatures this week, it won’t be long before winter arrives and with it loneliness, cold and hunger for some of our neighbors. For almost three decades, Amissville Area Community Christmas (AACC) volunteers have put together food boxes, fruit baskets and flowers for shut-ins and local families in need. The gifts are thanks to the generous donations of food and funds made by fellow residents. The AACC board has been working on this year’s efforts since early November, when local leaders identified about 90 families in need of support. With Christmas just weeks away, it now is crunch time for the group. Board president Frank Fishback invites everyone to donate nonperishable food items or donate money to the cause. There are food collection boxes and donation jars at several Amissville area businesses, including Hackley’s Store and Settle’s Cars & RVs. Fishback says it would be even better if you could deliver your donated food to Bill Payne’s Auction House on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m. You then could become one of the volunteers who sort and then pack the food boxes. Even if you don’t have food to give, please come to help. It’s a lot of fun, with Christmas music and all the PB&J sandwiches and diet-breaking munchies you can eat. The auction house is located in Amissville at 10 Maddox Lane, across from Hinson Ford Road (Route 643). Volunteers are also needed on Saturday, Dec. 19, to deliver the food boxes, fruit baskets and flowers. Meet at Payne’s Auction House at 10 a.m. and be prepared to live the “reason for the season.” For more information, call Frank Fishback at 540-937-4910 or Jan Makela at 540-937-5718.

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