Archive for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Caldwell family organizes new Christmas celebration

December 18, 2008

Sheri Caldwell feels blessed this year and as a result, her family, with the help of the three Baldwin City banks, has organized a Community Holiday Celebration for Christmas Day.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 25 at the American Legion Hall in downtown Baldwin City. It will include a full meal with all the trimmings, along with games and plenty of conversation.

“Come join us, spend that extra money on gifts, bills or food for the home,” said Caldwell. “We just want to share our blessing with everybody we can in this stressful economic time of need.”

The blessing? It’s a return to relatively good health for Caldwell after a two-year struggle with various medical issues. In October, doctors diagnosed problems with two disks in her back and spinal stenosis, which suffocates the spinal cord.

“I had prompt surgery so I did not end up with any major issues, like a fall could have caused any or all parts of my body to be paralyzed. I could have lost my voice — some people would have liked that,” she said.

“When all is said and done, the only disability I have remaining is limited use of my arm,” said Caldwell. “I was indeed blessed. Hopefully, I will get full use, but I will be happy either way.”

The turn of events prompted her and her family to want to do even more than usual for Christmas.

“Every year we have adopted a family in the past,” she said. “This year I had a talk with my family and decided that we all are truly blessed. So, we decided, with the help of the community, to have a Holiday Celebration for anybody that wants to come. This will be free for the people that come.

Donations can be made at Baldwin State Bank to Jay Randels and checks should be payable to Holiday Celebration. Also contributing to the effort is Dave Hill at MidAmerica Bank and Jay Loschke at Kansas State Bank.

“We hope to do this every year,” said Caldwell. “Anybody who has been around us when we cook knows we love our food. We should have plenty.”

Any remaining non-perishable food will be given to the Community Food Pantry. Anyone who needs a ride to the event can call Caldwell at 913-302-4708.

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