Amissville column for Dec. 24

Christmas cheer comes in boxes, bags and baskets

Peggie Woodard readies a fruit basket for delivery to an Amissville resident last Saturday.
Peggie Woodard readies a fruit basket for delivery to an Amissville resident last Saturday.

More than 50 people of all ages made short work last Thursday night organizing and then boxing up donated food that was delivered two days later to almost 40 needy Amissville-area families. Members of churches and fire departments were joined by local residents and people from nearby towns, who greeted old friends and made new ones as they placed canned goods in each box.

In addition, another 50 people, many of whom are shut-ins, received a fruit basket or a festive poinsettia to show that they are not forgotten.

Organized by the Amissville Area Community Christmas Committee, the annual effort unifies the sprawling community as few events can. The action took place this year at The Gathering, the fledgling Baptist congregation that meets in the former Payne Auction building at 10 Maddux La.

Despite the cold, windy temperatures last Saturday, delivery vehicles began to back up to the church doors more than an hour before the 10 a.m. start time. By 10:45, the boxes and bags of food were gone and the last poinsettias and fruit baskets were on their way, delivered by caring neighbors to people whom they may not have known before that morning.

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