Volunteers deliver 730 Christmas dinners in Gulf County

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:43 AM.

The sun had just started rising when the ovens were turned on and Jimmie Gainey, David Griffin and Eric Asher were busy preparing the dressing, turkeys while Doug and Nancy Calendine along with Jerrry and Lyd Stokoe  were  busy chopping up cranberry jelly and cooking the  gravy.  Then came all the other volunteers. They came as singles, and then  the remaining volunteers  laughing, joking and working so  well together to prepare, cook, pack and deliver over 700 dinners. Bunnnie Gainey was busy gathering the remaining supplies needed and she led all present in this effort.

The following volunteers aging from six to 80-something worked so well together that they packed and delivered over 700 plates:

Dianna Williams, Larry Chism, Donna Masseo, Chaz Wright, Tom Todd, Susan Ashworth,  Nichollas Ashworth,  Raymond  Ashworth, Diana Parrish, Mal Parrish, Mike Guthrie, Tyler Guthrie , Leonard and Loretta Costin,  Rose Surber, Kelvin Ash, Tommy and Ruth Sauls, Ben Welch, Debbie Maulding, Shelli  & Bill Leffert,  Dusty and Debbie Stitt, Guy  Sweazy,  Deanne  Williams, the Treglown Family,  Joe Chastain, Roger, Sheryl , Karah and  Kenny   Bradley, Denny Hughes, Cheryl Howell, Linda  Bettage, Ruby and Benny Hodge, Bill and Shirley Sanders, Kathy Krum, Ron and Elaine Smith, Charlie Black, Christie Todd,  Melissa and Zee Haranek,  Pat and Guy Nemitz, Wandaa and Danny Wawruck, Dale Smith, David Warriner, Randy  Raffield,  Kristy Raffield, Jasslyn Raffield, Bionca Raffield, Mary Belin, Ron and Mary Kelly, Terry Schafer, Joel Rogers, Fisher van Der Tulip, Abby Cozine, Hunter van Der Tulip, Bill Van Der Tulip,  Maya Robbins, Kiara Monette, Tiffany Godwin, Donna Murray,  Sandie and Bill Kennedy, Charles Givens, Troy White and the GANG (Getting to A New  Generation) – Lauren White, Caitlin White, Branden, Nakigan  Jones,  Khaliyan Johnson,  Aliyah Johnson, Kanon Martin, Tyson Davis,  Murcell Johnson – and Bob Sutton,  Chase McCullouch,  Rick Norrell,  Austin Webb, Cindy  Balew and Prophet Billy  Dixson.     

The  committee  that planned this event are very grateful to all our sponsors,  the wonderful  volunteers, the Oak Grove  Church  staff   and Pastor James  Wiley.  Thanks also to Eddie Martin for tending to the sound and picture projector and creating the nice slides and music.

All projects of this size need good accounting personnel and the committee would like to thank Carol Lyles who has done a wonderful job for all of us.

Finally the committee would like to thank Carol Dow for her help in recruiting the volunteers to help our project so much. We hope to see all of the volunteers next Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


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