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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 - 19 CAPE LIFE By Rosanne Pack Empty pantries and hungry peo- ple are not seasonal, and one southern Delaware family is com- mitted to trying to meet the needs of the unfortunate year 'round, not just during the holidays. The Rev. E. Arthur "Art" Titus and his wife Patricia started the Beacon Mission this fall with the purpose of providing food to those who are struggling. Since the first week in October, when they pre- pared food boxes for five families, they have served more than 600 families. And, Art and Pat feel that there are many more that they want to reach, now and throughout the year. Retired from the Air Force, Art Titus serves as the missions secre- tary for the Peninsula Methodist Conference, Dover District, and he is continually involved in pro- jects for children and families, regardless of their economic sta- tus. The Bridgeville resident said recently it has come to his atten- tion that the basic needs iof many in southern Delaware, food and clothing and adequate housing, are not being met. "It's a crisis; it's all Over Sussex County," he said. "Hunger is widespread, and a lot of people don't realize it. We are getting referrals from social workers and churebes; and there is no indica- tion that it will slow down." The needs of unfortunate fami- lies occupy the minds of many during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, and Beacon Mission helps light [he way for the hungry individuals and organizations willingly help with food drives to provide holiday meals. But the Tituses want to keep the momen- tum going from season to season. They have already enlisted some major corporations as well as many individuals, and Rev. Art has no plans to slow down. Need leads to action "I saw the need, and once the Lord showed me the way I should go, I began to seek what was need- ed," he said. "I have corporate donations coming weekly from a major supermarket chain and from a large poultry company; and I have some other food producers on my list to contact." The minister said that the super- market chain regularly donates dented cans and boxes of non-per- ishables along with fresh lunch meats, fruits and vegetables. The mission also receives 30 dozen eggs a month and fresh chicken from the poultry company. Some churches have joined the effort and are passing the plate to boost the Beacon. The mission is also coordinating efforts with the Blessing House and the Christian Store House. Food boxes prepared by the Tituses and a small band of volun- teers are given free of charge to those who are referred by church- es and social service agencies. The Beacon also participates in the Brown Bag food co-op program that uses supplies from the Food Bank in Milford. Those families Packing Beacon Mimfion food for distribution at the Coverdale Crossroads Community Cen- ter, center director Aretha Jones, left, gets a hand from mission founders Pat and Art Titus. The dedicated couple delivers more than 1,000 pounds to the center six days a week. The food comes from the Secon d Harvest Program that uses good, flesh food that otherwise would be discarded. / enlisted in the Brown lag pro- gram pay $5 for two weeks worth of groceries that is valued at approximately $40. l For this program, the Tituses and their volunteers pic k up the food in Milford, divide it into box- es of two week supplies and dis- tribute it to the families who are in the program. No one working with Beacon Mission is salaried; it's all part of the labor of love. Holidays and everyday "We just sit back and let the Lord take care of the direction we are to go," Art Titus said. "When we think about where we came from, what we need to do, we laugh, we cry; and we get busy. "We packed 29 or 30 boxes of food for Christmas Eve; most was delivered to churches. I think the last ones were picked up about 11:30 p.m." Recently, the Beacon Mission went through 27 racks of 12 loaves of bread each in one day. One day this week, more than two Continued on page 21 By Jen Ellingsworth A small mountain of blankets, towels, draperies and fabric lay on the table before them. rhey've spent hours gathering the material, along with toiletry items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and razors, They are the Angola Homemak- ers, a non-profit Sussex County organization, and they have big plans for all of these materials. The fabrics are sewn together to create "Cozy Quilts" - or sleeping bag types of blankets - to be donated to the Crisis House home- less shelter in Georgetown. Almost any type of fabric can be used to make the quilts, which are typically seven feet in length. "You can use almost anything," said Louise Reynolds, second vice president for the organization. "When it's all brought together you should see how nice it looks. It's a wonderful kiud of te- cling." The end result is a warm and heavy sleeping bag-type of blan- ket. The quilts come in handy in the event that the shelter is short on bed space, said Angola Home- Nancy Katz is on vacation. Her Around Town column will reappear next week makers president Marge Gordon. The idea sprang from a national campaign a club member spied in a magazine. The program, called "Ugly Quilts," seemed to fulfill a distinct need, said Gordon, and it appealed to the club. The original name, however, did not stick. "We didn't like the name 'Ugly Quilts', so we changed it to 'Cozy Quilts,'" she said. The first Cozy Quilts were delivered last November, when a Crisis House representative indi- cated that the shelter could also use toiletry items. Gordon said most of the materials needed were donated by club members. Toi- letry items including toothbrushes, combs, shampoo and soap were gathered together to place in hand- made bags. Since then, the Angola Home- makers have delivered 35 of the care packages to Crisis House, and photo Members of the Angola Homemakers Club met Monday, Jan. 13 at the Angola By The Bay clubhouse to discuss plans for its ongoing projects for the Crisis House in Georgetow n Offi- cers of the club are gathered together around materials they will use to create toiletry care packages and "Cozy Quilts" for Crisis House in Georgetown. Shown (l-r): Second Vic e Presi- dent Louise Reynolds; Treasurer Deanna Gorman; Secretary Phyllis Vannan; Premdent Marge Gordan; and First Vice President Libby Griswold. Angola Homemakers Club making quiks, care .packages for the needy