People in Oldham County are making sure their neighbors have a good holiday season. “We do have people in need and we take care of our people,” said Bobbie Stoess, president of the South Oldham Inter-Church Council.That’s why an annual tradition is continuing this year, as the Barry Stoess Christmas Food Basket Program is currently underway. “It’s a well-oiled machine because so many people come back every year and know what to do,” said Stoess.The program aims to feed families who need support over the holidays. This year, it is planning to feed at least 300 families. The program is named after Bobbie Stoess’ late husband, Barry.”Barry was born and raised in Crestwood, and it was very important for him to give back to the community,” said Stoess. “That’s just something we’ve carried on.”Stoess said the program started around 1945. She got involved with it years ago and has enjoyed every minute of it.”My late husband Barry and I used to spearhead this together,” said Stoess. “Then our two children, Jackie and Patrick, helped us all these years. And now we have four grandchildren that help us.”And it’s not just her family that has made this a tradition. “We’ve been doing this for about 20 years I would say,” said volunteer Mitchell Irvin. “It helps over 300 families within the community. And especially this year more than ever, with all the need for people.”Irvin’s wife even added that she recognizes the same volunteers each year.”It’s funny because we see a lot of the same people every year,” said Barbara Irvin. The Irvin family was just one of many families inside the Crestwood United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening, helping pack up the boxes. Each family in need will receive four boxes. The boxes are packed with food, games and personal items. Crestwood United Methodist Church is home to boxes for 250 families, while Crestwood Christian Church is housing the boxes for the other 50 families. Despite many people struggling this year due to the pandemic, Stoess said people, groups, churches and schools have stepped up to help out in a big way this year. “More food has come in,” said Stoess. “More personal care items have come in. More money has come in than ever before. More volunteers.”The boxes will be delivered to their respective families on Saturday. Stoess also said they have extra boxes tucked away for others who will need the support.

People in Oldham County are making sure their neighbors have a good holiday season.

“We do have people in need and we take care of our people,” said Bobbie Stoess, president of the South Oldham Inter-Church Council.

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That’s why an annual tradition is continuing this year, as the Barry Stoess Christmas Food Basket Program is currently underway.

“It’s a well-oiled machine because so many people come back every year and know what to do,” said Stoess.

The program aims to feed families who need support over the holidays. This year, it is planning to feed at least 300 families.

The program is named after Bobbie Stoess’ late husband, Barry.

“Barry was born and raised in Crestwood, and it was very important for him to give back to the community,” said Stoess. “That’s just something we’ve carried on.”

Stoess said the program started around 1945. She got involved with it years ago and has enjoyed every minute of it.

“My late husband Barry and I used to spearhead this together,” said Stoess. “Then our two children, Jackie and Patrick, helped us all these years. And now we have four grandchildren that help us.”

And it’s not just her family that has made this a tradition.

“We’ve been doing this for about 20 years I would say,” said volunteer Mitchell Irvin. “It helps over 300 families within the community. And especially this year more than ever, with all the need for people.”

Irvin’s wife even added that she recognizes the same volunteers each year.

“It’s funny because we see a lot of the same people every year,” said Barbara Irvin.

The Irvin family was just one of many families inside the Crestwood United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening, helping pack up the boxes.

Each family in need will receive four boxes. The boxes are packed with food, games and personal items.

Crestwood United Methodist Church is home to boxes for 250 families, while Crestwood Christian Church is housing the boxes for the other 50 families.

Despite many people struggling this year due to the pandemic, Stoess said people, groups, churches and schools have stepped up to help out in a big way this year.

“More food has come in,” said Stoess. “More personal care items have come in. More money has come in than ever before. More volunteers.”

The boxes will be delivered to their respective families on Saturday.

Stoess also said they have extra boxes tucked away for others who will need the support.

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