THE TEXAS FLOOD relief drive provided 80 families in and around Seguin, Texas, with a special Christmas, thanks to the support of the Mount Airy community.
Thirty families were adopted and sent individual Christmas presents. More than $4,000 was contributed and went toward purchasing gift certificates for another 50 families. The presents and gift certificates arrived by Christmas Eve.
Gail Crum, coordinator of the flood drive who worked in Seguin as a field representative with the Social Security Administration, remembers the small Texas town as a place of friendly, caring people. Flooding struck the town in October.
She was concerned about the emotional impact that material loss could have on the families, especially on children whose rooms and belongings were gone.
Crum decided to gather her friends and, with the approval of Mount Airy Mayor Jerry Johnson and Mount Airy NET, a local emergency assistance organization, she started the Seguin, Texas Flood Relief Drive.
One of the Seguin families wrote a note to Crum, saying, "A big thanks to you, NET, and the people of Mount Airy for your gift and kind thoughtfulness. We were deeply touched by this expression. Please continue your prayers for us and all the flood victims. Most of us are still a long way from living back in our homes, but our spirits are healing."
"I would like to thank all of Mount Airy and others for your prayers and support," says Crum. "The financial drive will continue through June 30, 1999. We touched 80 families of the 1,800 affected; out of that, 800 homes were totally destroyed, and many did not have flood insurance."
Crum says one resident wrote, "We are starting to rebuild and put our lives in order once again. With the support of loving, caring, Christian people like you in Mount Airy, we are on our way to recovery."
Anyone who would like to help the aid effort may mail their contributions to Texas Flood Relief, c/o St. James Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 416, Mount Airy 21771.
Information: Gail Crum, 301-829-1615.
Jump Rope for Heart
Pupils at Mount Airy Elementary are taking pledges for the yearly Jump Rope for Heart fund-raising program.
This year's jump will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium and cafeteria.
By becoming a sponsor, you can help people in the community fight heart disease and stroke.
Information: Mount Airy Elementary at 410-751-3540, 410-795-5974 or 301-829-1515.
Shrove Tuesday dinner
Come and celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake dinner from 4 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. on Tuesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.
The menu includes pancakes, sausage and fruit. The cost is $5 for adults and children age 10 and older, $3 for children ages 2 to 9, and free for children age 2 and younger.
Proceeds will benefit the Youth Group Mission Project this summer.
Chinese New Year luncheon
The Mount Airy Senior Center invites you to its Chinese New Year luncheon at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
This is the Year of the Hare, and to celebrate the occasion, lunch will feature Chinese food, fortune cookies and the Chinese version of Bingo called "Mingo."
The cost is $4, with a small charge added to cover the cost of prizes. Advance sign-up is recommended.
Information: 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.
Library story programs
The Mount Airy Public Library will host a "Story Pals" story time at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for children ages 2 and 3, accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Adults and children are invited to the featured story "Brothers and Sisters." Registration is required.
For children ages 4 to 6, the library staff will offer the "Brothers and Sisters" story for the "Drop-in Read with Me" program at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday and at 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 19. Registration is not required.
Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290..
Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 2/12/99