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Be Gone, Ye Thanksgiving Boxes!

Happy Thanksgiving Greeting, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Yesterday I spoke of our success in accumulating lots of food and a large amount of cash to buy turkeys and hams, but of our concerns about finding people to whom we could distribute our gifts. I should not have worried–by 12:30 today we had given away all 21 of our boxes!

The boxes turned out beautifully: Each contained staples, bread, oranges, bananas, celery, potatoes and a ham. Of course we tucked in a Thanksgiving flyer and a church card.

Was Mike’s old Volkswagen van not the most charming of vehicles in which to make our deliveries. He loves that old thing, backed it right up to the doors, and he, Jerry and Darin Craig (who owns Craig’s Plumbing and the Tiger Trenching building, and who so graciously lets us use it for nothing!) loaded the boxes into the Vdub. They put 3 boxes in our car, and Brandon took a couple. Jerry went to make a hospital call and to deliver his 3 boxes, Brandon took off with his, and I jumped in the car with Janey and we followed Mike to the Shakespeare, a sort of residential hotel.

We had spoken with the owner who graciously directed us to those who were in need.

Through delivering his boxes, Brandon helped at the Shakespeare.

“Good people live here,” the owner told us. “They’re just down at the moment and living a bit on the edge.”

This gentleman, whose name I do not know, graciously received our offering. I hope he feels our love, and that our simple box of food, and an invitation to church, will help as he maneuvers his way through this complicated space called life.

Great news! About an hour ago, Robert called. He lives at the Havasu Motel where Mike had stopped and given out a couple of boxes. Robert had received one and wants a ride to church tomorrow.

“8:30,” I told him. “Someone will be there to pick you up between 8:30 and 8:45 in the morning.”



My devotional blog is here.



By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

14 replies on “Be Gone, Ye Thanksgiving Boxes!”

What a beautiful gesture of thoughtfulness and giving at a time of year when many go without. I remember being the beneficiary of another church’s kindness and generosity back when I was a teenager. Mom and we 6 kids lived in a chicken coop converted to living quarters. Somehow the local Methodist church found out about us. They brought us a huge turkey, tons of food and even gave us a Christmas tree. God will bless you for your giving.


Good morning, everybody.

When Janey and I were driving home after delivering the last of the boxes, we both were high as the moon and full of plans for the future. Amazing isn’t it how doing God’s work as set out in the Bible is so right–so refreshing–so encouraging.

A blessed Sunday to you. Hope lots of you are here in Lake Havasu with us. Got a turkey for you.


Sis. Buxton;
There is nothing as warming for the soul as to reach out to those who have less then ourselves. The king sent his servants to the byways and the hedges. Did you fell like you might have carried the invitation to His banquet there?
May the casting of your seed fall upon good ground!!


Great news Sis. Buxton. If just one soul is won to The Lord through this effort it would have been well worth it. We will be praying for you and yours. God bless………………. Love ya’


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