December will be here before you know it! Downtown Woodstock is preparing for the holiday season and plans to kick off the season in a big way on Dec. 6 with the Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights. This annual event is a fun way to bring the community together and celebrate the season. Mark your calendars for this evening parade full of holiday cheer and delight. The parade is scheduled to step off from Woodstock Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.
One of the participants in this years parade is the local non-profit Papa’s Pantry. With locations in Woodstock and Canton, Papa’s Pantry offers a variety of services to help those in need. Ministry officials are looking for a flatbed trailer to decorate for their parade float. If you have a trailer available for use, or are interested in any of the other volunteer or donation opportunities with Papa’s Pantry, be sure to give them a call at 770-591-4730 or find out more information online. You are also welcome to visit their Thanksgiving Open House on Nov. 22. from 11am-1pm to find out more about their impact on the community.
Just down the road from where the Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights is prepared to start and end is the non-profit Never Alone, located at 291 Rope Mill Road. This organization exists to remind those in need that they are “never alone.” Currently, they are working to provide 300 families a 12-pound turkey dinner and meal box for Thanksgiving. This is just one way that they, along with the financial and dry good donations from volunteers, are able to make a difference in the lives of those in need right here in Woodstock. Visit the Never Alone website to find out how you can make a difference.
Papa’s Pantry and Never Alone are two local non-profit organizations that are seeking help through donations and volunteerism to help others. State Rep. Michael Caldwell takes the time in his November article for Around Woodstock magazine to introduce the readers to the mission of Papa’s Pantry, Never Alone and MUST Ministries. You can read his column on page 36 of Around Woodstock magazine. A more complete listing of charities and organizations that need help meeting seasonal needs can be found on page 37.