Amissville column for Nov. 15

Christmas basket donations

There is no such thing as a “tisket” or a “tasket,” but with your help there will be enough food to fill Christmas baskets for needy families in the area this year.

Nowadays they’re really Christmas boxes, and they’re filled by the Amissville Christmas Basket Project, which is now entering its third decade. The food collection effort is led by a coalition of area churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations; the goal is to provide a little holiday help to more than 100 families in the Amissville area, as well as families in Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

Residents are asked to fill grocery bags with canned or boxed foods (with good sell-by dates) and deliver them to the Community Thanksgiving Service at the Amissville Baptist Church on Viewtown Road at 6 p.m. this Sunday (Nov. 18). Donations may also be dropped off at Hackley’s Store by Monday (Dec. 19).

The collected food will be assembled on Dec. 20 at Bethel Baptist Church on Viewtown Road. Volunteers are needed to sort food, cover the boxes with wrapping paper and fill the boxes. To support this phase of the project, organizers are also looking for donations of Christmas wrapping paper, scissors and adhesive tape. A light, kid-friendly dinner will be served during the event.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, you can mail a check to Amissville Christmas Baskets, 8 Carter Lane, Amissville, VA 20106, or place your contribution in collection jars found at Settle’s Cars & Trucks, Hackley’s Store, Mayhugh’s Store, Narmada Winery and Gray Ghost Winery.

Organizers say that donations of food, supplies and time are needed more than ever, so please remember this project as you do your holiday grocery shopping.

Christmas bazaar

You needed to hit the Christmas Bazaar early this year if you wanted to nab the best gift items, which were abundantly displayed last Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of the Amissville United Methodist Church. I got there at 10, just an hour after it opened; the parking lot was full, and some of the tables of gift items had already taken a hit.

If you missed the event, you never saw the colorful knitted hat and scarf sets, the handmade felt gingerbread man tree ornaments, the bags of picture-perfect Priester’s Pecans and many other items too numerous to list. Plus, the ladies were selling lunch, complete with homemade desserts. Proceeds from the bazaar help fund the church’s many community and mission projects.