— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving day, there has already been at least one Thanksgiving feast in Millsap. Millsap Elementary recently enjoyed a lunch period with families joining students for a great meal and good visiting.
One of the highlights of the meal has become Principal Cathie Bradshaw and Counselor Roxie Bean helping serve the food. The meal is a pre-celebration to the school holiday which for Millsap will be from 1 p.m. on Nov. 26 through the rest of the week.
This feast has been a tradition for the elementary for at least 20 years and, while some of the logistics have changed, the heart of the reason for it has remained the same as staff always endeavors to teach the students about thankfulness. In conjunction with thankfulness the kids are being taught about community service and giving back.
On that note, the elementary school is having a food drive so that the local food pantry will be stocked with enough non-perishable foods for the Christmas season. While our schools, various churches, and civic organizations all donate, there will be a greater need during the time kids are out of school for the Christmas holiday. Many of the children eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, so there will need to be food for these meals in the home during the school break.
Other items that need to be considered for donation are laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet tissue, and hygiene essentials.
Our Helping Hands Pantry is a ministry of Millsap First Baptist Church, and it is open Tuesdays, 8:30-10 a.m. for donations and to pass out items. There is great need, so along with our school children and their families, please help if you can.
As we move toward December there are going to Christmas celebrations going on everywhere. Our neighboring towns to the west and east will both be having some great Christmas fun on Dec. 7. In Mineral Wells the Brazos Mall will host a Market, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., with vendors and refreshments. Santa will be there from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. the Merchants Association will have the Christmas Parade in the downtown area with a theme of “A Military Hero’s Christmas.”
In Weatherford the parade will take place immediately before Christmas on the Square, which will begin at noon. At Christmas on the Square folks can visit the local merchants and there will be vendors. Also included will be live entertainment and children’s activities. Many choices for some quality family time during this special season.
Those of us in the Millsap area, as has been reported, will enjoy our Community Christmas event on Dec. 14. The city council and volunteers are focusing this whole time especially on the kids. Besides Santa, Mrs. Claus and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, other characters will be at the log cabins after the parade to greet youngsters. There will also be face painting and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus during the evening.
The children will all have an opportunity to ride in the parade as each school class will have a float. All will center around the cabin grounds (Heritage Park) beginning at 10 a.m. with a craft bazaar, a chili cook off judging will take place at 4 p.m. and the parade will be at 5 p.m., with refreshments and festivities to follow. The committee for the event is asking that those who live on the highways coming into town consider decorating with pretty lights to welcome visitors as they come in from other areas. This is one of the many ways that our community comes together for the whole day and it is going to be outstanding, so come join us for this fun time.
When 2014 gets here it will be time to start making preparations for Income Tax. On that front the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program which helps people with their tax returns free of charge is in need of volunteers in this area. There will be five locations staffed from Feb. 1-April 15: the Weatherford Library, the Mineral Wells Boyce Ditto Library, the Mineral Wells Senior Center, the Azle Library and the Azle Senior Center. People do not have to be AARP members to volunteer and there are many volunteer opportunities.
The tax volunteers will receive free tax training in December and January. Other volunteer positions include client facilitators, technology coordinators, and leadership and administrative personnel. There is a volunteer application form available at www.aarp.org/applications/Volunteer or for any questions call District Coordinator Linda Whitehouse at 817-360-6681.
People are going to need this help, so please consider volunteering.
Congratulations to Wayne and Joann Armstrong for having their home chosen by Millsap City Council and the Millsap Neighborhood Ladies Home and Garden Club as the Recognized Yard for November. This couple has always maintained a well groomed yard and a very pretty house.
May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving. “O Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 107:1
Thanks for reading!
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