January 2021

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Let me begin with a big THANK YOU! Your overwhelming outpouring of compassion and giving in 2020 has deeply touched me and many of your neighbors living here in Boone County.  Research shows 89 percent of what people learn comes through visual stimulation; 10 percent through audible stimulation and one percent through other senses:  What they hear they understand, and what they see they believe. What I have seen in 2020 enables me to believe we live in a world full of love, hope, and empathy.

The Caring Center heartBecause of your generous giving, we were able to service the 20 percent increase in the use of our food pantry very efficiently. We were also able to increase the amount of food given and offer more nutritious options. Statistics are great, and they help us understand the broad impact we are having in our community, but instead I think of the elderly widow who gets regular deliveries from our pantry. She has no transportation and no family who live in the area. She enjoys the friendly conversations she has with our volunteers and staff, because that may be one of her only social interactions for the day. When we delivered her food in December we also gave her a gift.  She was so excited and shared with us she hadn’t received a Christmas gift in years. And, what we do is so much more than statistics. It’s about people. People like Rose, who thought that 2020 was going to end up being the worst year her family had ever faced. Experiencing a major health crisis in early November, she had no idea how she would make it through the holidays. But because of you all of her needs were met. She shared with me this was one of the best Christmases they have had in a very long time.

You never know someone’s story. You never know what they’ve been through that has led them to The Caring Center. What I’m most thankful for are the lives that have been touched during these challenging times and your continued support. Happy New Year!


Theresa Hanners
Executive Director of The Caring Center
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We'd Like to Recognize These Amazing Volunteers
First, we'd like to recognize two volunteers from Classic Reruns:  Sue Parsley and Thelma Smith.  Sue and Thelma work together on Wednesdays. They are often referred to as the dynamic duo. If we have a job that needs to be done, they are the ones to ask. Thank you for your loyal service.

Sue Parsley - Outstanding Service Award

Sue ParsleyA widow who was married to Lanny for 41 years. Sue has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Her hobbies are sewing and volunteering.

Sue has been a faithful weekly volunteer at Classic Reruns for over 12 years. Many customers come on her scheduled day to visit her.  We love her wit and charm. No job is too big for her, and she does it with all her heart.

Thelma Smith - Spirit of the Community Award

Thelma SmithA widow who was married to Grady for 57 years. Thelma has 7 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Her hobbies are gardening, reading, word searches, and puzzles.

Thelma has volunteered at Classic Reruns for nearly a decade.  Her energy and skill for presentation of merchandise is a great asset to the store.  We love her kind heart and endless energy.

Next, we would like to recognize two volunteers from The Caring Center:  Dan Fredette and Chris Woodruff.

Daniel Fredette - Excellence in Leadership Award

Dan FredetteMarried 45 years to Loretta, they have 2 children and one grandchild. Loretta, a volunteer of 5 years, recruited him shortly after his retirement.  Hobbies include gardening, mystery novels, bicycle rides, Renaissance Faires, antique car shows, and documenting family history.  

Dan has been a volunteer at The Caring Center for over 3 years.  He began shortly after his retirement and his skills in project management have been a great asset. He is organized and approaches every task assigned with energy and enthusiasm. Since March of 2020, Dan has been coming 2 days a week to work in the food pantry because of the pandemic. We are very blessed to have him on The Caring Center team.

Chris Woodruff - On-the-Spot Award

Chris WoodruffEngaged to Amber Lyons, Chris has 2 children. His hobbies include gardening, collecting sports memorabilia, and always shopping for the next treasure at thrift and antique stores.

Chris has been a volunteer at The Caring Center for almost 2 years. Chris always comes through in a pinch, and he is always on the spot whenever you call and need him most. He is organized and ready to do any job that is needed. We are very fortunate to have him on our team.  

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Holiday Wrap-Up
The 2020 holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) were record-breaking both from needs and the donations received. 

Thank you!Thank you to all who donated during the holidays!  With your help we were able to:
  • Distribute 358 holiday meals
  • Provide 161 teenagers with Christmas gifts and clothing
  • Gift 152 Family FUN PAKS to create holiday memories
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Show Some Love in February
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February is one of the "food desert" times at The Caring Center, so we have 28 ways that you can "Show Some Love" by donating these food pantry items in February.

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