Hundreds of families cheered by Christmas baskets

On behalf of the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket program, we would like to say ‘thank you’ for all the hard work and support that many people put in to make the 2012 Christmas a special one for over 600 families in Culpeper County.

We would especially like to thank the following who provided us with storage and work areas: Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department, John Willett of State Farm, Merchant’s Grocery, United Way, Wise Recycling, Clore-English Funeral Home, the ABC Store, and the Town of Culpeper Public Works Department.

We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all businesses and schools that collected or served as drop-off points for both canned goods and toys. All of you helped fill our baskets for each family. Without your support, the program could not be carried out each year.

We also thank the following who organized an angel tree: Culpeper Methodist Church and the Culpeper County Schools Central Office. A special thanks to the Culpeper County Library for their “Can-a-Fine” program. We also want to recognize the donation of Eastern View High School Athletics for raising funds for teen gifts.

A special thanks goes out to those individuals, businesses, organizations, churches, and schools who helped by adopting a family, donating time and funds, and collecting new toys. We would like to thank Kristen Johnson and Wayne English of Clore English Funeral Home for chairing the “Toys for Tots” program and Joe Kratochvil and the Knights of Columbus for picking up all the canned food throughout the community. We would like to recognize the hard work of Melody Mackison in organizing our database, Brian Mackison for being our go-to person, Jennifer Burriss for being my helper throughout the project, Jim and Debbie Underhill for gathering the boxes together, and Robin Althoff for serving as our treasurer. We also want to thank the Culpeper High School National Honor Society, the Eastern View JV and Varsity basketball teams, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, Options volunteers and other youth who helped with packing, pick-up and delivery. Also a big thanks to the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Board of Directors for their help in organizing and carrying out the project. Final thanks goes to Monica Creel and the United Way staff who helped with the late pick-ups of Christmas baskets.

Lastly, we would like to thank those individuals, businesses, organizations, and church groups who came out and helped with the packing and delivering of all the Christmas baskets. A big thanks to the Culpeper community for the donations made to our program. Without donations, we would not be able to continue the program. Monetary donations are still being accepted as we finalize our 2012 program. They can be sent to Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program, P.O. Box 574, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Without the support of the Culpeper community, this project would not have been a success.

Sue Jenkins
Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program