Thursday, December 20, 2012
Share some holiday hugs
I’ve always been a hugger.
But the hugs I’ve shared in recent days with family and friends have been even more special.
Close to Nowhere
It’s that time again – the annual letters to Santa. How wonderful to be a child and to yearn to believe and hope for your gifts.
The Preacher’s Corner
Gracious gift from a treasured friend
I received a wonderful Christmas delight this week from one of my best church members, Martha Jane Jones — toasted pecans! I can’t write about everybody who is kind to me, but ‘Lou’ as her friends know her, is always so very supportive and considerate. Ministers need friends like her.
Letters to The Editor
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends by hosting parties or going out on the town. No matter what type of gathering you plan to attend, we want to make sure our holiday list includes using or volunteering to be a designated driver.
A&B Distributing Com-pany and Anheuser-Busch want to thank our community for supporting our efforts to encourage the use of a designated driver and to help prevent drunk driving – especially during the holidays.
Visit www.Nationof ResponsibleDrinkers.com to take the pledge to be or use a designated driver and join the thousands of American adults who’ve already taken the pledge. Thanks to efforts like these and increased law enforcement, our nation is making progress in the fight against drunk driving. The latest government data shows that drunk-driving fatalities fell to their lowest level since alcohol record-keeping began in 1982 (52 percent decline from 1982 to 2010)*.
We are committed to working with elected officials, law enforcement, retailers and others to continue this positive trend in the fight against drunk driving through increased awareness and education programs.
At A&B Distributing Company, we want everyone to have a safe and memorable holiday season. Working together, we can help keep our roads safe. If you would like more information about our programs, please call me at 662-895-2828 or email rlunsford@standardsales. com
* Source: The University of Michigan Monitoring the Future Study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, I had the fortunate experience to volunteer at a community event at the Byhalia Town Hall. I was recruited by Marshall County Supervisor George Zinn two weeks ago. The event was sponsored by the North Mississippi Community Research, Training, and Development Organization and put on by their Christmas Cheer Committee.
This was my first time attending this event so my wife and daughter volunteered also. We arrived at the town hall at 8 a.m. and found that the building had been transformed into a mini-mall. There where thousands of items of different categories ready to be given away -- toys, clothes, shoes, etc., too numerous to count.
Everything was in its place and organizers were tidying up. I was assigned to help work the door while my wife and daughter helped pass out presents.
We opened the doors at 12 noon and there were hundreds of families waiting in line. There were grandparents, fathers and mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all with children waiting patiently with anticipation, all day long.
I estimate there were 500-700 children, not including the hundreds of adults who waited in the cold and in the off and on again rain. Then event flowed right and went on without any incidents all day long.
Here in Marshall County we have people who volunteer their Saturdays and families and friends who support their community – all taking time out of their schedules to do something good for someone else, to make children smile with joy.
I learned that the organization that puts on this event works all year long to collect the merchandise, plan the logistics, and get the word to the community about this event; and everyone is a volunteer.
A local trucking business allows the goods to be stored in its trailers; and local businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals made donations.
We had a great time and met a lot of caring and giving community members. I want to thank all of the families who attended the event and waited so patiently. I want to thank all of the hard working volunteers, the Byhalia Police Department, and the Town of Byhalia workers who helped out.
Finally, thank you to supervisor George Zinn for giving me the opportunity to volunteer my time on a Saturday.
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