BATH TWP.: For the third straight year, members of the Bath Business Association (BBA) have used the occasion of their annual holiday party to collect gifts for those less fortunate in our community.
This year, the BBA worked with Cindy Pushpak, Principal Dan Fry’s Administrative Assistant at Bath Elementary School. Pushpak knew of two families with students in the school who might welcome a little help during the holidays. So she contacted them to ask.
“The families I called were so touched,” she said, about the offer for a little help to make the holidays a happier time. “The one mother in particular has had a difficult time, and she was so grateful, especially since the BBA was willing to include her other children who are older and not here at Bath Elementary.”
Pushpak provided a list of family information to the BBA. The information was anonymous, as the BBA requested, but included the family members’ ages, sizes, genders, wishes and needs, and included the needs of any pets.
The BBA members and some community guests responded, and at last week’s annual party, they came bearing gifts of all shapes, sizes and denominations. In addition, the Fairlawn Rotary Club contributed two frozen turkeys to be included for the families. Many members commented about how much they enjoyed shopping for the “wish” list items.
“So many in this community are fortunate to have so much,” said Ken Baldwin, BBA co-president. “When we get the chance to share with others less fortunate, that’s the greatest gift for us and it really is the true meaning of the holiday season.”
On Tuesday, BBA members delivered the bags of gifts to Pushpak at Bath Elementary School so that she could then get the gifts to the respective families for a chance to help them have a brighter and happier Christmas holiday.