Perry County HCE had a busy December, despite pandemic

  • The homemade holiday mailboxes filled with goodies were delivered to veterans at Christmas.

    The homemade holiday mailboxes filled with goodies were delivered to veterans at Christmas. Courtesy of Perry County HCE

Submitted by Carolyn Bathon, Perry County HCE
Posted1/19/2021 1:00 AM

As with so many organizations, Perry County Home and Community Education Association has had to cut back its in-person gatherings. First, the trip to the Ark was cancelled twice with hope of scheduling again when the pandemic settles down.

Next came cancellations of Holiday Ideas Day and Christmas parties.


Even though members could not meet regularly, money was collected for the Friendship Project Fund and forwarded to IAHCE, the state organization. Locally people stepped up and donated "Dollars for 5 Star" and forwarded them to the Perry County 4-H. 4-H members gathered and wrapped Christmas presents for the residents of the 5 Star Home to make their Christmas merry.

Mailboxes were presented to the Anna Veterans Home by the HCE Board, West County Unit and Mixed Nuts Unit containing tissue, chapstick, candy, hand sanitizer, gum and a note of cheer so the veterans who are residents could enjoy Christmas too.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 there will be a socially distant quilting session at the Pinckneyville Community Center, beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone is welcome if you are a quilter. Call Rhonda Shubert at (618) 317-7302 for further details.

Beginning this year the Zero Hunger Campaign will be launched once again, where dimes are collected - with half staying in Illinois and half going to other countries to feed less fortunate people.

Speaking of helping others, State IAHCE President Jane Chapman presented a check for more than $2,000 to Sam Kuhnert of Du Quoin and the Du Quoin-based NubAbility Foundation, to sponsor young people who attend their sports related camps. The scholarship money came in from HCE units in several counties in Illinois.

Perry County HCE is open to anyone interested in community activities and the lessons provide a wide variety of material. Hopefully, open meetings will be going again in 2021. For information, email

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