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Hands Across Middlesex

by Cathy Newcomb

The November meeting was held at Urbanna United Methodist Church. Twenty-two members were present and nine churches were represented. A thank-you goes to the congregation for allowing us its space and hospitality.

Dave Cryer reported that the new building on Route 33 is turning out to be a very impressive facility. We are all so excited. The doors, windows and entrance canopy are done. The interior sheet rock will be completed this week. The landscaping is under way as well as the driveway. We look forward to the time when we can announce to the community all the services that will be housed at this site.

Our move to transfer the Clothing Barn and Furniture Barn items to the new facility will begin January 2. Hopefully, the move will be completed by January 9. Anyone interested in helping with this move would be dearly appreciated. The more hands, the faster the move. Once we are established, please look forward to an open house whereby the public will be invited to attend a reception to celebrate our new beginning.

Judi Wendell reported that Hands will have a float in the Urbanna Christmas Parade on December 4. Bill Wright will drive his tractor, fully decorated with a Christmas tree and ornaments carrying longtime Hands members displaying our logo and a huge banner. We will have decorative lights. Children will follow the float passing out candy canes and information about Hands Across Middlesex. All of this will start at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Our next meeting will be on December 20 at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, Warner, at 3:30 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend.

In the meantime, Hands will be delivering Thanksgiving meals to Middlesex families. We are most grateful for the donations of food that have come to us so that we can continue this tradition. Hands would like to express our very best wishes to everyone for a very healthy and happy holiday season.

Hands Across Middlesex is a 501-C nonprofit organization. You can contact us at 776-8535.

posted 11.24.2009

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