Column: DAR honors couple for 35 years with food bank ministry
Jan Burrows is vice regent of the Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On Dec. 5, 2020, four members of the Daughters of the American Revolution met with Gerry and Dottie Edy outside their loving home in Sherwood. Wearing masks and respecting social distancing, Regent Susie Jordan presented the Edys with the NSDAR Community Service Award.
Along with the certificate and label pin, Regent Susie gave them a check for $125 for the Helping Hands Food Ministry. It was thrilling to speak with these delightful people who have dedicated so much of their retirement years to collecting food for the community members who may struggle from time to time to feed their families.
The Edys' generous hearts also started the weekend backpack program in the local schools.
Every week ordinary backpacks are filled with food items that will feed a school age child and their younger siblings over the weekend. The Helping Hands Ministry works alongside local schools. All of this is done with dignity and respect for the families.
The Edys also joined the Champoeg Chapter's monthly meeting via Zoom on Dec. 10. One member inquired if the Helpings Hands program was seeing an increase in request for food with the unemployment rate so high due to the pandemic.
Mr. Edy explained that the numbers have not increased but have remained steady. The reason for the non-increase, Mr. Edy explained, is because there is more resource in the community now for people to receive assistance. He explained that the city of Sherwood is full of very generous people and others are helping fill the need for the hungry which is a particularly good thing.
Twice a year, local NSDAR chapters can present the Community Service Award. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonpolitical, non-religious service organization founded on the principles of historical preservation, education, and patriotism.
DAR is open to all women 18 years of age who can trace their family lineage back to a Revolutionary War Patriot. The Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 2001 and services the upper Yamhill County and Sherwood area. Members also invite you to visit the Newell Pioneer Village Museum which is operated by Oregon State Society of the DAR.
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