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Christmas Friends to deliver gifts Saturday

Betty Page Bristow (right) of Cyndy’s Bynn in Urbanna presents a donation to Christmas Friends secretary Bettie Lee Gaskins. Cyndy’s Bynn donated 10 percent of all sales made December 7-12 to the local giving program.
Volunteers of Christmas Friends Inc. will deliver hundreds of gifts to the less fortunate of Middlesex County during the morning of Saturday, December 19.

The fleet of delivery vehicles is nearly complete. One pick-up truck is still needed to deliver bicycles, and one more van is needed on a stand-by basis in case it is needed. To volunteer to drive your vehicle for delivery, please call the Sentinel at 758-2328.

Gift wrapping had to be extended to Sunday due to the large number of people being served this year. The number of recipients increased from 280 last year to about 300 this holiday season. Those receiving gifts should make sure someone is home to accept the gifts this Saturday morning between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Christmas Friends president Fred Gaskins thanked all the wrappers, shoppers and volunteers for their work.

Christmas Friends secretary and shopping director Bettie Lee Gaskins said the most shoppers in the 23-year history of Christmas Friends have participated this year.

So far this season, $28,900 has been spent by Christmas Friends shoppers, said Mrs. Gaskins.

The fund-raising goal for Christmas Friends is $25,000, the same as last year.

The community responded generously and donated $32,939.82 last year, which has enabled Christmas Friends to increase the amount allotted for gifts this year by an average of 15% per recipient.

Since its creation in 1986, a key ingredient to the success of Christmas Friends has been its partnership with the Middlesex County Department of Social Services, which carefully screens all applicants for eligibility. Applicants must meet strict income guidelines.

All funds donated to Christmas Friends go directly to help the needy children and disabled or low-income elderly of Middlesex. All workers are volunteers and there are no administrative fees. Supplies such as boxes, wrapping paper, tape, copying paper, envelopes and delivery bags are all donated and volunteers supply storage space, vans and fuel to assist with the big delivery job.

Now in its 24th year, Christmas Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Christmas Friends Inc., c/o Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175. 

Contributors will be recognized as Christmas Friends and their donations will be listed in the Sentinel. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous should request that their donations be listed as such. Memorial contributions will also be acknowledged.

For more information, call Geanie Longest at the Southside Sentinel at 758-2328 or email her at .

Donations for week five totaled $6,815, which brings the 2009 total to $20,239.

Recent Christmas Friends contributors include: 

In memory of my parents Deward C. and Ruby H. Apsley by Lloyd C. Apsley, $350.
In memory of Jim by Martha Engard, $50.
Rappahannock Civic Club Inc., $100.
In memory of Sudie and Walter Palmer Jr. from Peggy and Walter Palmer, $100.
In memory of Richard Taylor Armstrong by Alice, David, Carol, Donna and Clay, $100.
In honor of Allen and Frances Krowe from Doug and Vel Gray, $100.
In memory of John E. Hunt by Chuck and Stephanie Hunt, $100.
In honor of our teachers and class members—Spirit of Love Sunday School Class Harmony Grove Baptist Church, $100.
Jack and Helen Tarran, $50.
In honor of Ryan Payne by Mike and Janet Winebarger, $250.
Bob and Chris Scherrer, $200.
Neena and Richard Rodgers, $100.
In memory of Elise H. by Norma T. and Dottie B., $100.
In memory of Justin Wyatt by grandparents Kenny and Bernice Wyatt, $50.
In memory of Cody Carl-ton, Chris Elbourne and Caleb Garnett by Grandad and Grandmom, $250.
Forest Chapel Methodist Church Men, $50.
In memory of Al Willett by Don and Judy Richwine, $25.
Anonymous, $25.
In honor of family and friends and in memory of loved ones by John A. Vaughan, $100.
Stuart and Marcella Paxton, $50.
Cyndy’s Bynn, $600.
In memory of our parents by Basil and Beth Hurst, $50.
Alan and Frances Miller, $25.
Martha Oliver $25.
In memory of Abby by Nancy Muldowney, $50.
Phil and Shirley Allan, $100.
In memory of Bill and Pete Forrer by Susan F. Williams, $150.
Emory and Karen Minter, $100.
In loving memory of C. Herbert Brown—love, the Hopper family, $100.
In honor of Maureen and Jerry Wilson by Grammee, $25.
In honor of Chuck and Stephanie Hunt and family by Grammee, $25.
Urbanna Family Practice, $100.
In memory of Darrell Meade by Sue Meade, $50.
Anonymous, $100.
Anonymous, $25.
In memory of Rufus by Louise, $100.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rappahannock, $165.
In memory of Gilbert Olsen by Marilyn Olsen, $25.
Herbert and Patricia Perkinson, $100.
Anonymous, $150.
Diane and Page Basheer, $200.
In memory of Larry and Barbara Shores, $200.
Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, $50.
Anonymous, $200.
In memory of Cody Carlton by Mom and Dad, $200.
Lions Club of Middlesex County Inc., $1,000.
In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garland by Don and Polly Van Benschoten, $50.
In memory of James L. Harris, $100.
Urbanna Lodge No. 83 AF&AM, $500.
Total collected this week $6,815.
Previous balance $13,424.
Total collected to date $20,239.

posted 12.16.2009

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