Help Wrap Presents For The Troops This Weekend!
The armed forces make amazing sacrifices for us. and being in Afghanistan for the holidays is about as deep as sacrifices can go without being shot or something similar. While we're strolling through the mall, whistling "Silent Night" and wondering what sort of scented candle to get, some guy is creeping down a street in Kabul, possibly about to be blown up or have 5 guys jump out of nowhere with machine guns and start all that Allah Akbar stuff.
The guy in Afghanistan is there for you, regardless of who you are or what you do. You will never be able to pay him or her back. I don't know what soldiers make for money, but I know that it isn't enough for a job that features people shooting RPGs at them. America itself isn't dangerous enough that you can stalk around and hunt terrorists, so you can't pay them back that way, either.
One thing you CAN do is to head down to the Canal Club this weekend to help assemble care packages which will be sent to the troops in Afghanistan. I don't think spending the holidays in barracks with a bunch of sweaty lunks is a lot of fun, so you can bet your bottom dollar that these soldiers will be thrilled to get a care package full of goodies.
Remember, a lot of soldiers are just kids, and kids love the candy. Good people in your community have been collecting goodies for some time, and the problem now is wrapping and shipping it. That's where Cape Cod Cares For Our Troops gets into the mix.
The do-gooders have assembled about 1500 care packages worth of food, grooming supplies (I don't like to use any word with "toilet" in it after discussing food, even "toiletries"), socks, games, and Christmas stockings. This weekend, at the Canal Club, they are having a massive event to get all the stuff wrapped up. That's November 23rd and 24th, player.
It's the 8th Annual Event, so they've been at it for a while. That also means that we've had troops abroad for 8 years (actually 12), and the least you can do is to see that they have a present to open on Christmas morning. I think that there is still tine to donate to the cause. Here is a list of donation locations. Drop the stuff off at WXTK, and make Ed Lambert cart it all down to the Canal Club.
Big Ups go to Randy Hunt, the state representative from the 5th Barnstable district. Randy is lending the weight of his office to the effort, and we definitely give him some love for that. Keep in mind, people from this paper have threatened to "jump through this computer and slap (his) face" over his mentioning making the canal bridges into toll bridges, but the Handy Runt (before RH takes offense, he should know that I stand a towering 5 foot 2 myself) is doing OK with this. I may even buy him a drink.
We'll be down there in some form, and we hope to see you there.
Bourne's 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Table
While we're on the topic of 100 Trowbridge Road, Maryellen McCarthy- who runs the Trowbridge Tavern and the Canal Club- is doing even more for the community on Thanksgiving.
No, I have no idea what a Trowbridge is. (Editor's Note: It's a town in England.)
The Tavern is hosting the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Table on Thanksgiving, at 1 PM. The Bourne Thanksgiving Table is a community event that will provide a 100% free hot meal to anyone who shows up. We're talking food, linens, decorations... you know, the whole nine.
Not only will the Tavern feed and entertain you, they will even pick you up and drive you home. This is also done free of charge, as is delivery of dinner to our homebound friends. Props go to the Royal Health Group for providing the transportation.
Seniors, families, singles and children are welcome. If you have no one to spend the holiday with, come on down. If you just moved here and don't knopw anyone in town yet, we're here for you. If you're old enough that some nurse is reading this to you and everyone you know gets nervous when you speak of cooking, let Maryellen and Team Trow handle it. If buying a turkey to cook will break your food budget for the week, don't pass up this opportunity.
All you have to do to get in on this is call 508-743-9000 and leave a DETAILED phone message with your name and phone number. The Tavern will take care of the rest.
I want to heap praise on Maryellen for representing in this manner. I'm quite familiar with the Trowbridge Tavern, which is next to the State Police barracks off the Bourne Bridge rotary. The Tavern isn't exactly Caesar's Palace, so it's not like she won't be dropping a significant share of her yearly revenue into this. Everyone in Bourne should try to stop in and have a drink or a meal (18" pizza, the largest in Bourne and maybe Cape Cod) as a way of thanking her for providing this service to the community.
You can actually see the Trowbridge Taverrn as you come on-Cape over the apex of the Bourne Bridge, so it's not hard to find. You really have no excuse.