Holmes Christmas Club, a Wright County treasure
If love and caring for one’s neighbor alone could sustain a town, Holmes would rival Chicago in size, but it can’t. So, the still thriving Holmes Christmas Club simply moved to a new location decades ago, and continues on with their mission of good cheer and Merry Christmas to neighbors near and far all across Wright County.
This year, after another successful fund raising auction held just before Thanksgiving, 1,000 fruit bags were assembled with love and care for those facing challenges this year. The every-day obstacles of loss, loneliness, unemployment, illness and even too short a budget to afford treats of fruit during the Holidays have been alleviated for many in the county by the dedicated and giving souls who populate the club.
The Club, which originated in the late 1940’s in the once-thriving but always petite town of Holmes, was the brain-child of locals with a love for their fellow man, those pioneers of giving included Marion and Betty Robinson, whose daughter Margaret Zeigler now carries on the family tradition, which is alive and well and now located in Clarion.
Read the full article in the Dec. 19 WCM.