Open Forum: Celebration, and appreciation

Posted: November 13, 2013

Seasons of celebration are definitely upon us — Thanksgiving and Christmas — and they are not only times of celebration, but also times to show our appreciation to God, family, and for the blessings we have received throughout the year. (Hopefully, we show it daily!)

All of us at C-CAP are very appreciative of all the blessings, gifts, and volunteer time we receive throughout the year, and for the past 38 years (and counting). It is because of the loving, merciful God and compassionate and giving community that we exist!

Seven hundred families in the Winchester-Frederick County area have signed up at C-CAP for help with Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are therefore in need of 400 turkeys and 300 hams, all types of holiday food, blankets, and products such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, and garbage bags.

C-CAP tries to help families with older children (11-17). Gifts such as soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs are really appreciated in this age range. Fishing sets, jewelry, craft kits, purses, hair accessories such as curling-straightening irons and blow dryers, and gift cards are also needed. For further information, please call Fran at 336-0415, or stop by the C-CAP office.

Donations are not always about money; check out your closets, drawers, kitchen cabinets, sheds and garages. We all probably receive gifts or purchase items that we don’t later use; they really didn’t work out and weren’t what we thought they would be. Please bring these items to us for our folks needing gifts for their family members.

Our “Thanksgiving Give Away” day is set for Saturday Nov. 23, on site from 8:30 until noon. We would need all donations no later than close of day on Friday Nov. 22.

Our “Christmas Shopping Days” are Dec. 9-10 off site at Mount Carmel Baptist Church (at their facility adjacent to the church). We would need all gifts brought to C-CAP before Dec. 8 or delivered to Mount Carmel’s facility on Dec. 7-8.

I am sure at some point in our lives we have taken a blessing for granted like putting our key into the door of our home, fixing a snack, or a full meal for our families. Or taking a long leisurely bath — and, of course, doing that dreaded laundry — or perhaps washing on of our two vehicles.

So many families in our community have no home, no shower, no laundry facilities, and no car to wash. Let us be mindful and thankful for all our blessings and reach out to help those who are in need of things we so easily take for granted.

Fran Ricketts is president of C-CAP.