Washington column for Oct. 6

Operation Christmas Child

“Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.”  — Kevin Eubanks

Joy Alther has been busy distributing shoeboxes to be filled for Operation Chirstmas Child by Nov. 1.
Joy Alther has been busy distributing shoeboxes to be filled for Operation Chirstmas Child by Nov. 1. By Susan Puffenbarger

Joy Alther of Washington came in the office not long ago to ask me if we wanted to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Since I didn’t know much about it, she started to tell me about Operation Christmas Child, which is a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, serves as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse has met the needs of poor, sick and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world.

When Joy was working at the Country Cafe, she met Susan Puffenbarger of Jeffersonton, who was doing the same thing at her church. Joy got interested and is now a volunteer who travels around the community to get other volunteers to take a box and fill it with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items. Joy said to use your imagination in filling the box, but no chocolate candy, toys that are scary or war-related, no liquids, medications or anything breakable.

Those who fill a box can call Joy for pickup or drop it off at the Extension office in Washington. Make sure you include $7 to cover the cost of shipping and place a rubber band around the shoebox to keep the top on.  Boxes have to be filled by Nov. 1, after which they will be shipped around the world.

Joy said she about 60 people have so far agreed to take a box and fill it. For more information on the cause, or for a shoebox to fill, call Joy at 540-675-1219. Joy is a kind-hearted person who always puts others first. She is my niece and I am proud to know her.

House tour, fall’s here

Fall is a special time in Rappahannock County, and as usual for as long as I can remember, the Trinity Episcopal Church is gearing up for its annual house tour and floral arts sale Oct. 15-16. Hundreds of visitors are expected for the 60th annual event. Mark the weekend on your calendar and come out and join Trinity. Tickets are $30 (or $15 for an individual house). Maps come with your ticket, available at tour headquarters at the church (370 Gay St., Washington).

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Skip Giles, Bill Scoggin and Mike Massie of Washington; they all celebrate their special day on Tuesday (Oct. 4). Also, happy birthday to my brother, Ray Burke, on Sunday, Oct. 9, and to Chris Keyser on Oct. 11, Jonathan Moore on Oct. 15 and to Mayor John Sullivan, whose special day is Wednesday, Oct. 19. Birthday wishes also to Ruthie Windsor-Mann and John Clark (Oct. 24) and, last but certainly not least, happy birthday to a dear lady, Mitzie Young, who celebrates her birthday on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Anniversary wishes to Rick and Kaye Kohler,who will celebrate their day on  Oct. 15; to Kim and Bruce Nelson, whose anniversary is Oct. 18; and to a couple very dear to me, Doug and Margaret Baumgardner, who celebrate theirs on Oct. 29.

Seniors bake sale

Rappahannock Senior Center’s fundraising bake sale is 9 to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 at 211 Quicke Mart, Washington. Come out and support the seniors and tickle your taste buds. If you are a baker and would like to donate some of your specialty goods, either bring it on out that day, or call Jenny at 540-987-3638 and she will be glad to make pickup arrangements.

Enjoy the cool weather this week.