Environmentally, the climate’s going to hell. Overseas, people are being beheaded and getting Ebola. Nationally, we can likely look forward to another two years of dysfunction in Big Washington. But here in Little Washington and environs, the world keeps right on spinning on its axis, as always — that is, offering hope and appreciation to its inhabitants, especially at this time of year, Thanksgiving through Christmas and the New Year.
Next Thursday, that uniquely American holiday called Thanksgiving celebrates, in a fundamental fashion, America’s uniqueness or exceptionalism. For we as a people are singularly blessed; and for that, we should — and do — give thanks and appreciation.
Perhaps the best expression of that thanks is to give to others, especially those less fortunate; and perhaps one of the county’s most concrete expressions of such sentiments is the Rappahannock Food Pantry, created five years ago with the single-minded mission of assisting all Rappahannock residents who need food.
Toward this end, the Pantry keeps stocks of fresh fruits and vegetables, canned and nonperishable foods, deli items, breads and bakery goods, frozen foods and pet foods. The Pantry also has school supplies, fans and blankets.
The Pantry encourages anyone to visit its location (603 Mt. Salem Ave. in the town of Washington) during hours of operation to drop off donations, sign up to volunteer or to learn more about the Pantry from its manager, Mimi Forbes, and the rest of the dedicated volunteer staff. Hours of operation are based on need and may change. As of now, they are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m. (drop-off) and 12-4 p.m. (pick-up); Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. (drop-off), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (pick-up).
For more information, visit the Pantry’s website, rappahannockpantry.org. There you’ll find a button to donate actual cash, through PayPal, which will then be used to purchase needed food.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, this year’s Christmas in Little Washington parade and townwide celebration will benefit the Food Pantry. Donation stations for nonperishable food items will be available during the event throughout the town. Sponsors of the parade include Tula’s restaurant, Artifacts-on-Main, White Moose Inn, The Inn at Little Washington and Rappahannock Real Estate Resources, Inc., as well as this newspaper.