Jug Tavern Squares, others make holiday merrier for area families

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The Jug Tavern Squares recently presented donations of toys and a $615 monetary gift to the Winder Fire Department to assist in making the holidays merrier for area families.

When the publicity surrounding a national effort to perform random acts of kindness in memory of the child and adults who lost their lives in the senselessness that was the Sandy Hook shooting took off during the holidays, some people were moved to action.

But around Barrow and Jackson counties, caring people are moved to action whenever they see a need. Taking care of community isn’t just a holiday happening.

Consider that the Winder Fire Department has eyes open throughout the year when there are hurting families in need of a helping hand. While the majority of the kindness shown may be evident around the Christmas holidays, know that the awareness of the needs of others, especially children and senior citizens, is visible all year.

The Jug Tavern Squares, a group of area square dance enthusiasts who enjoy getting together for fun and fellowship, marked the holiday season with the presentation of toys collected to be shared with the children of the community.

Working with the Winder Fire Department, a leader in the holiday coordination to make the holidays merrier for families across a multi-county area, the Jug Tavern Squares presented lots of toys at a December dance. Fundraising had also taken place throughout the year with raffle drawings being held for the Christmas effort.

Holiday treats were enjoyed as happy dancers presented the donations with president Rainger Buehler thanking the firefighters and Joan Mathews, administrative secretary, for their efforts.

Steve Holzhausen is the caller who adds a lively voice to the Jug Tavern Squares dances held from 8-10 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays at the YMCA in Winder. The group, part of the Northeast Georgia Federation of Square Dancers, has a number of veteran square dancers who are involved in refreshing the skills of some returning to the family entertainment and teaching some newscomers.

The sharing hearts of the Jug Tavern Squares enriched my holiday.

Also this season, I had an opportunity to witness the unselfish giving of a group of individuals who come together annually to help others in their community. Through Jackson County Family Connection, families are invited to spend some time enjoying a holiday meal.

One family volunteered to be a part of the sharing in celebration of the birthday of a family member. Fitting that a birthday celebration would honor the One whose birthday would be celebrated this season.

It is hoped this 4-year-old outreach can grow to help other families and expand its mission. Networking with caring businessmen like Berlin Reese of Quality Foods, churches and civic groups could foster a spirit of caring and sharing at the holidays, certainly a special time of year. And perhaps the associations made for this effort can link into the potential for addressing ongoing community issues.

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