The December Meeting at the Brass Pointe
Our membership were so generous in giving Toys-for-Tots gifts at last year’s December meeting, and with the sentiment expressed by the attending members that it was so much more satisfying than our previous gift exchange, we decided to do it all over again. This time, however, we added another good cause. With inflation running so high, local TV was reporting that many people – and children in particular – would be going hungry as local food pantries were strained to the limit with both lower donations and greater demand. As a result, our organizer Anne Astley asked members to also bring nonperishable food items to the meeting for the CARES organization, a local charity serving food insecure families.
There was never any doubt that our members would open their hearts, but we could never have anticipated to what extent. The toys count exceeded 150 and such was the weight of the food donations, we had difficult carrying it all from the Brass Pointe.
Anne took the donations to the Toys-for-Tots and CARES warehouses the very next day and staff at both organizations asked that we send their sincere gratitude to all who donated.
Story and Pictures submitted by Rick Astley
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