Second Quarter – 2020
The Parish Post
A Quarterly Newsletter From the Caswell County Parish
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Dear Friends of the Parish,
The story of the history of the parish was in our first quarterly newsletter, but we think it is worth repeating. The above quote describes how the Caswell Parish came into being when in 1975 a group of pastors recognized that small churches working alone had a very difficult time meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities but that by working together much could be accomplished. For the past 40+ years, small churches cooperating through the parish have provided emergency assistance to those in great need. Your support of the parish has enabled all of us to feed the hungry, provide utility assistance to those in danger of losing heating or cooling, clothe those without the bare essentials, and provide household goods to those who have suffered a catastrophic loss. We hope the quarterly newsletter will keep you informed as to how we are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our county and as to how you can help through your support.
BROOKE McPHERSON TURNS FITNESS INTO FOOD
When the COVID-19 crisis shut down almost all activities outside the home, Brooke McPherson had to make a decision regarding her High Fitness classes. Did she simply stop classes until allowed to return to the Rec Center or would she find another way? Brooke decided to continue to try to keep her clients fit by posting her demonstrations in videos on line, telling her clients that she would not charge them for the video classes. Her clients rejected that suggestion and insisted on paying her. So, Brooke came up with an idea: why not use her video classes to raise money for the Caswell Parish. She proposed the idea to her students and they readily agreed. Over a period of approximately five weeks in April, Brooke raised $2,257 for the Caswell Parish food fund. Thanks, Brooke!
PARISH THRIFT STORE OPENS WITH STRICT SAFETY GUIDELINES
After two and a half months of being closed in order to comply with the COVID – 19 quarantine, the Caswell Parish Two Hearts thrift store is open again on a reduced schedule with safety guidelines in place. The store is open the first Saturday in the month and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Shoppers must wear a mask when in the store and are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building. A maximum of six shoppers are allowed in the store at one time. The parish is grateful to all shoppers who follow these guidelines designed to keep everyone safe from the virus.
HOT MEAL MINISTRY SERVES FAMILIES
It all started with Bobbye Raye Womack of the Womack Foundation, a major supporter of many organizations who serve children, including the Caswell Parish. Bobbye Raye had an idea that it would be wonderful to provide a hot meal for families while at the same time helping a local restaurant who was experiencing a downturn because of the COVID-19 crisis. The Caswell Messenger also wanted to be involved. The plan was to provide a hot meal, with food enough to feed four people, for 25 families. Families were asked to call the Caswell Parish if they were interested in receiving a meal. Lillard’s Family Restaurant in Providence was hired to cook the meals.
Bobbye Raye’s idea caught fire. Soon, others in the community wanted to provide a hot meal. In all, meals were provided five times, thanks to the support of the Caswell Messenger (who donated free newspapers) and the Womack Foundation twice, Brooke McPherson/Hot Fitness, Mimms Contractors, and retired school personnel (Wayne and Barbara Owen, Ethel Gwynn, Bonnie Brewer, Jane and Al Thompson, and Nell Page).
VOLUNTEERS GO THE EXTRA MILE
CASWELL PARISH IS SOLVENT AND SERVING
These are scary times for many of our citizens. Efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 included sheltering in place, which means that many businesses had to close temporarily. The Caswell Parish had moments of uncertainty, especially with the cancelling of the annual spring fund raiser, the fashion show, and the closing of the thrift store, an important funding source. However, due to the amazing generosity of so many churches and organizations and individuals, the parish continues to be able to keep its doors open and to provide food assistance to the hungry as well as other services.
FOOD EXPENSES SECOND QUARTER
THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS GRANTORS!
In addition to the many individuals who have generously supported the parish during the COVID-19 crisis, we have also been the very fortunate beneficiary of several grantors who have helped the food pantry. As sincere thank you to The Womack Foundation, Walmart-Garden Road in Burlington, The Food Lion Foundation, the Altria Group, Cardinal Innovations, Duke Energy, and the Health Collaborative
OUR GENEROUS FOOD DONORS
Our mission to feed the hungry could not be carried out without the generous support of the churches, organizations, and individuals in Caswell County who donate food each month. We are grateful for the generous support during the months of April, May and June.
Brooke McPherson/High Fitness
Union Church/ Rocky Ashby
OUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS
Also vital to our mission are the financial contributions from our churches, organizations, and individuals – listed below. These donations enable us to keep our doors open and to purchase food. Below are the donors for April, May and June 2020:
DONATIONS FROM FASHION SHOW SUPPORTERS:
Lan Clark – Ethel and Ross Gwynn – Allison and Nell Page – Caswell Tire – Caswell Insurance Services – Thomas Brothers Oil and Propane – MKM Services, INC. – Stephen Carscadden – Sheryl Smith – Geraldine Fugua – Sanny and Sylvia Johnson – Union UMC Women – Susan Merritt – Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant – 86 Convenient Mart – William H. Daniel, PA, Attorney at Law – Wildwood Farms – Harry E. Bray Insurance – Mia Lungtu – Ace Home and Building – Caswell Auto Parts – Allison Lancaster – Jo Ann Watkins – Benton Kay Thompson – Jimmy and Gina Watlington – Glenda Evans – Jim and Lou Hinton – Alvin and Debbie Rascoe – Sheriff Tony Durden and April – Jack and Lisa Talbot – Tony Durden III, Chelsea and Madison – Patsy Watlington – Annica and Charles Hodges – Bobby and Bonnie Brewer – Stan and Christa Brown – Terri Powell – Amy Woods – Ann Gillispie – Freda and Glenda Tate – Annette McDuffie – Jane and Al Thompson – Annymous – Billie Briggs – Larry Foster
Susan Blackwell – Durdana Starns – Roger Glenn – Della Williams – Laura Dunlap – Dawn Barts – Davanea Bush – Larry Jeffress – Durdana Yousuf – Jane Thompson – Stacey Poteat Clayton – April McFarling – Phil Harris – Gina Morris Watlington – Betsy Watlington – Deborah Newcomb Cook – Scott Powell – Jack Page – Molly Bradsher Briggs – Shannon Haire Moretz – Bill Bush – Carol Newcomb Foster – Pat Tanksley – Katherine Finch Watlington – David Owen – Rebecca Page – Weldon Slayton – Heejun Yang – Don Donevan – Dawn Chilton Barts – Bonnie Brewer – Jane Lyday Westridge – Rocky Ashby – Steve Oestreicher – Blair Briggs Roberts – Rhonda Sims-Stephens – Liz Augustine
SECOND QUARTER DONORS – CHURCHES:
APRIL: Community Baptist – Concord Christian (Larry Jones) – Lively Stones Baptist – Providence Baptist – Red House Presbyterian – Red Hill Baptist – St. James Baptist
MAY: Bethel Christian – Community Baptist – Concord Christian (Larry Jones) – Connally UMC – Kerrs Chapel Baptist – Lively Stones Baptist – Locust Hill UMC – Milton UMC – Pleasant Grove Presbyterian – St. James Baptist – Union Church
JUNE: Community Baptist – Concord Christian (Larry Jones) – Lively Stones Baptist – St. James Baptist – Yanceyville Presbyterian
SECOND QUARTER DONORS – INDIVIDUALS:
APRIL: Barbara Berger – Bobby and Bonnie Brewer – Sara and Graham Broadwell – Anonymous – Larry and Evelyn Cowan – Pat and Steve Crist – Janet Dillard – Phyllis and Eddie Durham – Steve and Kim Eaton – Bruce and Ellen Guarine – Mary Emma Harris – Michael and Lynn Harris – Phil Harris – Mary Jo and Roger Henderson – Donna Maskill – Cliff and Stacy Matkins – Brooke McPherson/High Fitness – Wayne and Barbara Owen – George and Margaret Stouffer – Benton C Thompson – Jane and Al Thompson
MAY: Sara and Graham Broadwell – Rose Byrne – Anonymous – Larry and Evelyn Cowan – Kim Gainey Drye – Rese and Laura Farrish – Christopher Gray – Jonathonand Patricia Gray – Terry and Beverly Harrelson – Donna and Tim Hudson – Donna Maskill – Charles and Kim McLamb – Brooke McPherson/ High Fitness – Mimms Contractors – Susan and David Percy – John and Kim Steffan – George and Margaret Stouffer – Benton C Thompson
JUNE: Sara and Graham Broadwell – Anonymous – Larry and Evelyn Gwynn – Brenda Day – Pat Ewalt – John Ferguson – Peggy Gwynn – Donna Maskill – Nell Page – Thomas and Joyce Ritchie – Freda Tate – Glenda Tate
Amy Woods, display
Terry Powell, display
Geraldine Fuqua, Chair
Jane Thompson, Vice-chair
Annette McDuffie, Secretary
Nell Page, Secretary