Wanda English Burnett
the weather remains summer-like with temperatures in the upper
80s, its hard to think about Christmas. However,
thats exactly what a local group has on their minds according
to Shanna Joseph, who is heading up the Ripley County Angels
of Giving for another year.
The economy could have left hundreds of families without food
and presents for their children last year at Christmastime if
it had not been for the generous giving of businesses, organizations,
and individuals in Ripley County.
Your contribution to this heartwarming and worthwhile
cause would be greatly appreciated, especially by a smiling
child whom you may never know, Joseph wrote in a letter
asking citizens of the county to give.
Joseph told the Osgood Journal she never really stops
getting ready for the next year, once the presents have been
distributed. I always start thinking of the next year,
Last year a building at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park was
full of bundles of presents and needed items for Ripley County
families. We were so pleased to be able to help out our
senior citizens, Joseph noted. Food, gift certificates,
and needed clothing was given to hundreds of needy families.
This year is no different. Many people are still unemployed
and the need is great. You can help in a variety of ways. Gifts
are needed, money is always appreciated, and volunteers are
very welcome. You can adopt a family and purchase gifts. You
can wrap them or not, and bring them to the Ripley County Purdue
Extension Office at the Fairgrounds Park in Osgood.
Any monetary donation can be mailed to Bill Warren, 645 North
Columbia, Osgood, IN 47037. Checks may be made to Warren with
gifts noted at the bottom of the check. Checks need
to be received by December 5 so there is time for the angels
to do their work.
Those needing assistance can pick up an application form at
Family Connections in Versailles or the Extension Office in
Osgood. Applications are due by November 19. Those who will
get their requests granted will receive a letter and be able
to pick up their goodies on December 13 and 14.
Joseph knows the need is great again this year, but is confident
the people of Ripley County will rally as they have in years
past. Its just great to be a part of something so
joyful, she concluded. For more information about the
program or how you can be involved, you can contact Joseph at
Volunteers interested in helping can contact Bill Warren at
689-4427. Warren has been involved in the program for a number
of years in Ripley County. He now serves on the County Council
where he donates his salary to the Ripley County Food Bank.
Warren knows the joy of seeing childrens eyes light up
at the holidays and serves the community in many ways.