Dems collect gifts for family in need

Dec 12, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING — Pictured at the Haywood Democratic party holiday gathering are, from left, (front row) John Scroggs and party chair Janie Benson; and (back row) Bill Upton and Jim Cochran, with gifts for a Haywood County family in need.

The Haywood County Democratic Party gathered Dec. 11, at party headquarters, 286 Haywood St., to hold its annual holiday luncheon.  In the spirit of the season, party members collected gifts for a family, identified by a local social services agency, as being in need.  This giving program has become a tradition, and it was apparent that all involved were eager to participate.

Outgoing state Rep. Ray Rapp (District 118) made a surprise appearance at the luncheon.  He wished all a happy holiday season and reminded attendees of the work still to be accomplished, especially in the area of public education.

“We are delighted to have Ray join us for the party, and we appreciate all the gifts and money given to us for the families through DSS,” said party chair Janie Benson.

Attendees, including party members holding local offices and precinct chairs, enjoyed a covered dish luncheon.  Afterwards, several stayed to help sort the gifts to be delivered to the agency for final distribution.