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‘Thanks giving’ spirit lauded

To the Times of Ti:

When so much of our attention and news is centered on financial despair, arguably created by greed and misconduct, I believe that a little good news goes a long way during this season of joy and hope. The spirit of “thanks giving” is alive and well in Crown Point!

I’d like to acknowledge the intent, effort, and the success of this years holiday meal in the community of Crown Point.

Conceived with a desire to provide a place of fellowship for those who are alone or without the financial ability to enjoy a traditional meal, virtually all agencies in the Crown Point area came together to offer, if only for a short time, a place and time of respite for those who might benefit.

Accordingly, on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 21, this small community came together to ensure that all who attended were filled in spirit and body by the time they left.

The meal, consisting of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, peas, rolls and homemade apple, cream and pumpkin pies was served at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Crown Point from 4 to 7 p.m. There was no cost for this community meal!

The meal was a collaborative between the faith communities of Sacred Heart, Crown Point United Methodist and the First Congregational Churches. We were grateful to DeBro’s Café, Crown Point Telephone, Crown Point Citgo, Hap’s Market, the team at the Post Office, as well as the folks at Champlain National Bank, Rescue Lodge of Free Masons, Torri’s, Gunnison Orchards, the Hammond Library, Village Auto, Crown Point Barbecue, and many individual contributions of both time and funding.

Where possible, the meal was served with locally-grown and prepared items. Gunnison’s, for example, donated the apples for the pies. We are grateful to Cindy Bodette who made apple pies, Carlene provided marvelous cream pies, DeBro’s made all the stuffing. First Congregational Church made rolls and pies and staffed the “take-out” meals. The United Methodist Church provided both food and facilities as well as additional support. CP TELCO made rolls and bought butter. The Knapp Seniors pealed more than 60 pounds of locally-grown potatoes donated by the team of the Crown Point Post Office. The folks at both Crown Point Citgo and Hap’s Market supplied juice and milk for the children. We welcomed the crew from Village Auto with peas and pies. Tori’s came with pickles and olives, Hammond Library with cranberry sauce. The four turkeys were donated by Sacred Heart Church.

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