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Gregory A. Summers
When HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster recently announced that the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund would return to its roots as a neighbor-helping-neighbor food drive, Elaine Adkins said she knew it wouldn’t be an easy task.
Logistically, it’s easier to hand a family a $25 food voucher in an envelope than it is to hand them bags of groceries. Plus, all that packing and unpacking takes time and labor.
But if Faulkenberry and his fellow members of Stafford American Legion Post 31, with the help of Boy Scouts and high school JROTC units, can do it, Adkins said it can be done.
“People want to reach out and help,” Adkins said. “There are so many families out there struggling just to stay above water.”
That effort received a recent boost, thanks to Faulkenberry’s family.
Adkins said Faulkenberry’s son, Ward Faulkenberry Jr., and a cousin who lives in Arizona collaborated to provide HOPE with a list of the items that were donated each Christmas season to needy families in the county.
“How neat is that?” Adkins said. “They started remembering and put together a list. Now, we’re going to try to include as many of those items as possible.”
Adkins said the list includes boxes of Cracker Jacks, fruit, canned meats and vegetables, along with bags of dried beans, sugar, flour and corn meal.
“Local Boy Scouts collected cans of soup, canned fruit and boxes of Jello that were added in, too,” Adkins said. “The goal was to reach out in love and make the holidays special.”
Now, 50-plus years later, that goal has never changed.
So far, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has received $1,740 in donations.
“We know the amount is only going to grow,” Adkins said. “We appreciate the response so far.”
HOPE recently had the sort of problem agencies enjoy. The first printing of its cookbook – “HOPE for All Seasons” sold out.
The popular cookbook features 600-plus recipes from 92 local food enthusiasts. The submitted recipes come from people of all places and backgrounds from home cooks to those with culinary training.
Nine hundred cookbooks were printed in mid-August but sold out in less than three months. Adkins said people here love cookbooks and see them as a great way to support HOPE.
“Thank goodness... they’re back, they’re back,” Adkins said. “They were delivered this week. We have plenty and they make great Christmas gifts.”
To donate, make checks out to Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, and send to Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 166, Lancaster, SC 29721. You may also drop off contributions at The Lancaster News, 701 N. White St., and they will be forwarded to HOPE.
Following are Christmas Basket donations through Wednesday, Dec. 5:
Anonymous, in memory of Grady, Gary and Robertson, $150; Ward Faulkenberry Jr., in memory of Ward and Doris Faulkenlberry, $300; Louie T. Belk, in memory of Sara M. Belk, $50; Anna Carothers, $100; Anonymous, $200; Tommy and Becky Collins and family, in memory of John B. Gardner and Glenn and Frances Collins, $75;
Jean Love Circle at First ARP Church, $100; Normand and Faye Neveu, in memory of Eric Neveu, $25; Louise Gardner, in memory and Jim and Maebelle Cauthen, $25; James and Martha Mahaffey, $50; Wesley Sunday school class at Hopewell United Methodist Church, $150; Ken and Mary Esther Faile, in memory of Tom and Lena Parks Craig, $25; Phil and Karen Neely, in honor of Joe Neely and in memory of Nancye Neely, and Hughston and Lena Frowein, $30; Reformation Lutheran Church, $100; J&S Redi-Mix Concrete, $325; Myra E. McCants, in honor of Billy Dale McCants and in memory of Deputy Brent McCants, $20; Greta Cureton, $15.
Contact Gregory A. Summers at (803) 283-1156