It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a little over a month away. From that first year where we all gathered around a big pot of burgoo hanging from a tripod of stout branches trying to keep warm in the cold wind, to today when we have two buildings with heat, Christmas on the mountain has certainly changed. While the number of children is down, so seems the economy. We already have volunteers to decorate, which will begin as soon as our after Thanksgiving day camp and meal is over. We are making lists of the children we expect to be with us on December 22nd when we will distribute presents and provide food baskets to the community. Despite the many gifts that were shipped to us, by the time we purchased enough for all the children and groceries to fill the Christmas food baskets, we still spent just over $3,200, the bulk of which was for food. While the economy is improving in parts of the country, we unfortunately see little of it here. We know you have already begun receiving year-end asks and the last think you want to see is another, but I hope you will consider St. Timothy’s ministry here in this small portion of Appalachia where every little bit makes such a difference.