Organizations hold holiday events

January 20, 2008

Family Center throws party

Thanks to the generosity of several individuals and groups, the children and families of the Washington County Family Center had a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

For the sixth consecutive year, Deanna Kunkel organized a toy drive that provided a gift for each child at the center. The gifts were given out at the Santa Party on Dec. 20. Donations provided by Ms. Kunkel's former colleagues at Department of Disabilities Administration and members of the Emmanuel Methodist Church included not only the toys and books but also a large, frozen turkey and Giant gift cards. The turkey was given to the most needy family and the gift cards will be used to assist families through the winter months.

For the second year, the Friends of Education Exchange Club provided a pizza lunch for the teen parents. Each parent received a gift for themselves as well as a teething ring, rattle or toy for the infants.


The parents, children and staff of the center would like to thank everyone who helped make the holidays so special.

Manor Church Senior Citizens

Manor Church Senior Citizens Club ended a successful year of programs with its Christmas party on Dec. 5, at Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

A dinner, prepared and served by Sylvia Smith and her faithful helpers, was served to 60 members and guests. The tables were beautifully decorated with a Christmas motif.

President Ruth South extended her usual welcome, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Pastor Joy Zepp offered a prayer of thanks.

The president introduced and welcomed William Beard, member of the board of Commission on Aging; Susan MacDonald, executive director of the Commission on Aging; and Kathy Fisher, program assistant.

Following dinner, Helen Rice presented an oral interpretation titled "The Two Grandmothers."

President South praised the club for its prayer shawl ministry and Project Linus. Sixteen prayer shawls have been given to members and friends who need a prayer or hug. The shawls are crocheted or knitted. If you don't knit or crochet, but would still like to help, you may provide donations of yarn or money. Please contact Dorothy Jamison or Mary Hamilton.

Those represented with shawls at this meeting were Iolene Cass, Richard Cass, Belva Snyder and Malcolm Palmer. Presentations were by Pastor Joy Zepp, Dorothy Jamison, Mary Hamilton, Ralph Jamison, Naomi Thomas and Rev. William Stoner.

Project Linus has provided 60 blankets made by club members for children in need.

County coordinator Megan Larrimore was introduced by President South and Larrimore accepted the blankets.

Earl Hamilton won a robe in a raffle conducted by Betty Lou Stoup. The raffle netted $200, which was used to make purchases for Holly Place.

Santa arrived with a loud 'Ho, ho, ho" and shared gifts and oranges. The group sang Christmas carols, ending with the familiar "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

The meeting ended with readings by Charlotte Dixon and Sara Jane Palmer.

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