About 80 attended the Downtown Business Association’s annual Cops Care lunch last week at Yadkinville First Baptist Church.
The annual Christmas lunch started a few years ago as an outreach to the senior citizens within town limits. This year, members of the Downtown Business Association, the Yadkinville Police Department, and the Forbush High School junior varsity girls team helped serve the attendees.
The downtown merchants and the girls team scampered about during lunchtime, making sure everyone had their cups replenished, their plates full, and at the end made sure to hand out the cupcakes.
“(For) some of them, this is their only Christmas,” said Brenda Brown, the treasurer of the Downtown Business Association, as she looked at the crowd.
At the end of the meal, the DBA presented some gift bags for the attendees. The bags contained food such as Pita Chips and salsa, hand sanitizer, calendars, and other items.
Given the current state of the economy, it was difficult to come up with money to provide for the bags and food, but Brown said she was pleased with the donations that were given.
“I enjoy seeing their faces when they all get one (bag),” Brown said.
Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks said Cops Care also provides a meal in September.
The gift bags were sponsored by State Street Steak House, A Taste of Italy, Papa’s Pizza, Branch Bakery, Kelly Phillips, Yadtel, CW Electric, Jim Drum, Avon, Gentry Family Services, Yadkin Medical Associates, Chipita, Southern Community Bank, James Williams and Co., BB&T, Curves and Betty Driver.