The Delta Record | Parish House ends distribution of Thanksgiving baskets

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BUCKHANNON – The Upshur Cooperative Parish House, located at 68 College Avenue, concluded the last day of distributing Thanksgiving baskets to Upshur County residents on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Volunteers were present and discussed the program, what the baskets include and more details. Kristi Wilkerson, general manager of the parish house, also provided information and a message of thanks to all who contribute.

Beth Bohman, a volunteer who helps with distributions, including Thanksgiving baskets, described the baskets included items such as preserves, pumpkin pie filling, green beans and cranberry sauce. Pie crust mix, gravy mix, instant mashed potatoes, skim milk powder, and frozen turkey or turkey breast were also included. Bohman also noted that a Thanksgiving card came with all baskets, and vouchers for dairy products at some stores are also provided.

Another volunteer, Kathy Black, was present and shared that she volunteers three days a week. Black shared that on their drive-thru day on Saturday, Nov. 19, 272 families received Thanksgiving baskets. Black also said the parish house has received many donations from the community and businesses.

Wilkerson said: “We are seeing a great need in our community – more than expected. We would typically provide 630-680 Thanksgiving Baskets to our neighbors in need. This year we are over 800, by far the largest Thanksgiving distribution ever! »

“We continue to be so blessed by the generosity of this community. Both Weyerhaeuser and Novelis provided significant contributions to help pay for the turkeys. Walmart collected non-perishable items. Churches and businesses have collected the necessary items. Rotary, Lions and 4-H clubs, among others, helped prepare and distribute the baskets. W.Va. Community Care provided the reusable grocery bags to put everything in. helped us meet the increased needs this year.

“We really can’t say thank you enough to everyone who supports this effort and this special program. I especially appreciate our staff and our regular volunteers who work very long hours to ensure that every Upshur family in need of a basket receives one.

“We also appreciate Ed Poach of Save A Lot helping us secure the large order of turkeys. And we appreciate our partnerships with Rock Cave IGA, Shop N Save Express and Wendling’s who also help us with holiday baskets.

“We are already preparing the Christmas boxes and expect the level of need to be about the same. We collect canned yams, corn, pork and beans, frostings and cake mixes. We can also use additional funds to pay for the hams that come with each Christmas basket.

In addition to holiday boxes, The Parish House shared on its Facebook page that its general pantry needs peanut butter, canned diced tomatoes, spaghetti, canned mixed vegetables, canned peas, canned carrots, fruit such as applesauce, spaghetti or ravioli for children. , grape jelly, tuna, tampons and toilet paper.

For more information or updates, visit Upshur Cooperative Parish: Parish House and Crosslines Inc. on Facebook or call (304) 472-0743.

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