There is hope

December 19, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

There is hope

We are not helpless, we are not hopeless. In this season of darkness in the northern hemisphere, when ancients of old peered anxiously at the night sky, looking for a sign, we may become cynical and overwhelmed by the tragedy at Newtown, Conn., or just the last minute rush before the sacred Holy Day. 

But in our community there are children who now have toys because of your generosity. There are families who have a meal, a warm coat, fresh fruit and the assurance that they are not forgotten. 

The candles that were lit in the historic churchyards and at Widmeyer Park Saturday evening beckoned to us, showing that darkness cannot overcome the light. 


There are dedicated teachers in our schools, principals, school resource officers, firefighters and our wonderful Hancock Police who are on patrol in the dark, early and late, making sure our community and our “babies” are safe and well. 

Do not let the events of this past week drag you down, and do not continue to dwell on trying to find answers which will never satisfy. 

Instead, turn toward each other and find in the eyes of those you love and who love you the assurance that in the darkness is the promise of new life beyond what we can ask for or imagine. 

Money for band

Did you know you can register your Martin’s Food Store card and earn money for the Hancock Panthers Band?  Martin’s offers the “A+ School Rewards Program” at all of its local locations. 

To help the Panthers Band, log on to and register online or register over the phone at 1-888-448-4642. The Band ID No. is 00070. After you register your card, each shopping trip using your bonus card earns cash for the Panthers Band. 

You can even track the amount of points you earn by checking your grocery receipt.  The school receives a check at the end of the program, and the money is used by the band for music, instruments and other needs.

The program continues through March 30.

The Panthers Band, along with other musicians from Hancock Middle-Senior High School, will hold their winter concert tonight at 7 in the high school auditorium. 

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, and enjoy the refreshments after the concert.   

Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store offers deals

Looking for some inexpensive gifts? Be sure to drop by the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store in Hancock. It has plenty of Christmas decorations, lots of clothes and home items, and the children’s rack is full. This is a great way to stretch your shopping dollar and help your fellow citizens. All proceeds stay in our community and are “recycled” to help those in need of food, fuel and other types of assistance. The thrift store is at the corner of High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and is open daily, Monday through Saturday.

‘Pass It On’

“Pass It On,” the “free” store on Main Street, is looking for the following items which you can donate: pots and pans, kitchen utensils and appliances, small furniture, lamps, framed pictures, costume jewelry, gently worn coats, jackets, mittens, hats, handbags and wallets, children’s toys, CDs and DVDs, paper and hardback books, comforters and bedspreads. 

If you have any of these items to donate, contact Nancy Douglas at 301-678-6163.

Christmas for Others

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas for Others a great success. The last of the food baskets are being packed today, and Friday is distribution day, beginning at 10 a.m. at Town Hall. 

Many thanks to the participating local churches and to the organizers and volunteers who give so freely of their time and energy to help others in our community have a merry Christmas.

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