PRESTON — The Community Club of Preston had a busy autumn, hosting three membership meetings and a community yard sale.
Normally club members celebrate the Christmas season by meeting at a member’s home for a luncheon and gift exchange. Due to concerns over rising COVID-19 case numbers, members elected to cancel this meeting, and instead of exchanging gifts among themselves, they decided to donate the funds. They purchased gift cards to give to a Preston Elementary School family from the monies that would have paid for the meeting.
“What we did is rather than have our Christmas party, we said we would take the money and turn it in to gift cards. It didn’t come from the club treasury it came from the club members,” said Vice President Tammy Coulbourn.
Club Treasurer Jackie Christopher presented the Walmart and Food Lion gift cards to school guidance counselor Emily Sherman on Dec. 15 to pass on to a family in need. School Principal A.J. Angeloni and Assistant Acting Principal Jaclyn Murray were also present.
With COVID still being a concern as the club reconvenes in 2021, the January meeting will be conducted via Zoom, allowing members to move into the new year in as safe a manner as possible. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Jason Lee of Jason’s Computer Services. The online meeting will take place at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Those interested in learning more about the Community Club of Preston or in joining the next meeting may call 410-673-1119 or visit Facebook at “Community Club of Preston, Maryland.”
“It is all women. They run a Little Free Library in the park,” said Coulbourn.
“We have made donations to Comfort Keepers, Partners in Care, and CASA of Caroline. We have done fashion shows at the fire department. We have done Christmas house tours. We had one scheduled last year but COVID came along,” she said.