Thank you to community for help with annual project

Posted 12/10/17

Thanks Community Cookie Bakers! The 25th “Shower Shaw with Cookies” exceeded all expectations and established a new record for this annual project. 5,131 cookies, accompanied by 4,750 …

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Thanks Community Cookie Bakers! The 25th “Shower Shaw with Cookies” exceeded all expectations and established a new record for this annual project. 5,131 cookies, accompanied by 4,750 cards and letters, were delivered to the Swan Lake Visitor Center on Wednesday — topping the previous record of 4,270 dozen in 2009.

Schools, churches, clubs/organizations and individuals have always been strong supporters. This year a business, Earl Wilson’s Orr Company (KFC and Arby’s in Sumter and Florence), adopted this as their Christmas project. This business baked 531 dozen cookies for the troops. Many thanks to this new leader in our project.

Sumter School District has 100 percent participation. Schools of this district provided nearly half the total collected. Leading schools were: Lakewood High (248 dozen), Sumter High School (184 dozen), Mayewood Middle (173 dozen), Shaw Heights Elementary (147 dozen), Pocalla Springs (109 dozen) and Crosswell Elementary (100 dozen). Remaining schools each provided 50 - 99 dozen. Thanks to each of these schools and their strong leadership.

Leaders in the churches baking cookies for the troops were: Bethany Baptist (459 dozen), Shiloh UMC (272 dozen), First Presbyterian Church (120 dozen), Goodwill Presbyterian (87 dozen) and Westminister Presbyterian (71 dozen). We are grateful for the participation of our churches and for the individuals, clubs and organizations who added to the total.

Special thanks to Lakewood National Honor Society Members, Sydney Gonzales, Rachell Harglerade, Madison Kelly, Hannah Partin, Angela Gyison, Emily McDonald, Kelsea Baker, Kaleigh Geddings, Logan Singleton and Advisors Michelle Robinson and Lisa Sanderson for their outstanding assistance receiving and unloading cookies and also helping Shaw Chairwoman Harlena Banks and her group with packing and loading the Shaw truck.

Once again during another Christmas season, this community tradition involving so many of all ages has provided an opportunity to remind Shaw of our appreciation and support.

Many thanks again for making our 25th “Shower Shaw with Cookies” so very special! Have a wonderful Christmas!

JoANNE MORRIS

Director, Sumter Volunteers