Around the County

Waverly Hagman and Santa enjoy a conversation about what she wants for Christmas.

The Sanborn County Courthouse had their annual Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 15.
The Community Choir sang a few Christmas carols, including some from this year’s cantata they performed in November. Santa came to visit with any children who were willing to talk with him about what they wanted for Christmas, and there were many beautiful trees on display from countywide businesses throughout the courthouse on all three floors. The county employees also put together a scavenger hunt for anyone who was interested in a fun way to take the tour of trees.
In addition to all the entertainment, there were treats, punch and coffee served for those in attendance, and Santa and his helpers handed out candy-filled candy canes to all the children who ventured in.
The trees will be on display at the courthouse through the New Year holiday. The courthouse is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but they will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

…See more pictures of the open house in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Volunteers work busily putting out 40 food and drink items for people to put in their boxes to take home.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Feeding South Dakota food truck came to Woonsocket to provide food supplies to those in need.
Funded by the Sanborn County Food Pantry and a grant from Feeding South Dakota, there were over 12,000 pounds of food to give out this month as there will not be a disbursement in the month of January, and there was food included to use in the schools’ backpack programs throughout the county.
In addition to the food handed out that Wednesday, the Sanborn County Food Pantry volunteers have worked diligently on putting together many Christmas boxes for needy families in the county to have what they need to have a nice Christmas meal.

…Read more in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

With Christmas just four weeks away, the Sanborn County Courthouse employees are busy making lists and gathering food for the Christmas boxes that they prepare and deliver to needy families in Sanborn County. This is an annual project that has been sponsored by the Sanborn County Food Pantry for 30 years.
Approximately 106 boxes are filled with food traditionally served at Christmas, such as turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, vegetables and fruit, pie mix, and additional items to add to the family pantry, such as peanut butter, tuna, cereal and pudding. The cost per box is approximately $70, with $40 of that provided by the Food Pantry, and the rest from private donations and grant money from the South Dakota Rural Office of Community Services at Lake Andes, if it is available.
Courthouse employee Tom Carda is in charge of organizing the boxes and enlists the help of junior high classes at Woonsocket School, who take an hour and a half of class time to help pack them. The boxes are delivered on Dec. 20, which can be quite a challenge with families scattered around the county, so the committee is especially grateful to the employees of SD Wheat Growers and the Sanborn County Highway Department, as well as community volunteers in Letcher, Artesian, Forestburg and Woonsocket, who assist with deliveries.
Each year, the Food Pantry Committee compiles a list of those in need of the Christmas boxes from sources in the county. They are grateful for any donations, including food and monetary. If anyone has questions or needs additional information, contact the Food Pantry co-chairpersons at the courthouse: Tom Carda, Diane Larson (796-4513) or Lynn Brueske (796-4516).

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.