Backpack Buddies participants at Gladeville Elementary get grocery bags stuffed with care, to ensure the family receives plenty of Christmas fare.
The 23 items packed often overflowed, and the students had to carry home quite a load.
The Mount Olivet United Methodist Church women’s group spearheads it, so during the holidays the families don’t have to fret.
Kaitlyn Grace Clontz turned two on Sept 4. She celebrated with a My Little Pony Party at Dannelly Park in Galax with family and friends and big sister, Kaylee Clontz (right).
She is the daughter of Danielle Clontz of Fries. Her grandparents are Tim and Rebecca Clontz of Fries. Her great-grandparents are the late James and Nancy Clontz of Galax and Boyd and Ileen Trimble of Fries. Her favorite and special uncle is Eric Clontz of Fries.
The City of Galax’s annual parade and community tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Christmas season on Friday, followed by three parades and other holiday events on Saturday in Hillsville, Independence and Fries.
The Galax Christmas Parade will be begin at Police Square on North Main Street in downtown Galax this Friday night. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with Christmas music, followed by the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m.
The parade, which travels south down Main Street, will follow at 7 p.m.
James Breece Rotten (J.B.) celebrated his fifth birthday Oct. 12 at Blue Ridge Lanes with family and friends.
His parents are Mike and Kristy Roten of Galax. Grandparents are Breece and Carol Roten of Galax and Tom and Gloria Anderson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandmothers are Opal Robinson of Galax and Patricia Lamantia of Arizona.
When Linda Mock started her new position as coordinator of Galax’s Safe Routes to School program on Nov. 4, one of the first commitments she made was to ditch her car during work hours and walk around the city instead.
“I’ve spent a lot of time walking everywhere, because if I’m going to talk the talk, I’m going to walk the walk,” she said.
By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
Charity Shupe of Woodlawn is checking her mailbox every day for letters and Christmas cards from the community, following a recent request that she posted online on behalf of her father, Charlie Alderman.
“Please read this... A lot of my [Facebook] friends are aware of my father’s situation... I am not asking for money or handouts, however I would love nothing more than to make this Christmas special [for him],” Charity posted on a public Facebook page earlier this month.
CANA — The Feeding America site in Cana supplies thousands of pounds of food to people in distressed areas, as fundraising continues to supply the local match to pay for 10 months of the service.
Skills USA clubs at Carroll County High School threw a barbecue meal fundraiser on Oct. 30 go toward the $5,000 needed to secure the program.
Fundraiser organizers presented a check for the $3,000 raised at the Feeding America mobile pantry at St. Paul on Nov. 19 to the Southwestern Virginia organization’s John Shoulders.