Cashiers Cares helps forgotten 'hollerfolk,' deserves recognition

Chronicle Editorial

Entering its 11th year supporting southern Jackson County area charities, Cashiers Cares is making a difference. The Cashiers-based nonprofit organization this month awarded the most money it has ever given out at once -- dividing up in 10 equal ways its $98,000 in proceeds from a big August golf-croquet-auction fundraiser at Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Each representative of the 10 recipient charities attending the Oct. 17 CCSV check presentation ceremony quickly felt the big boost the donation made to his or her organization -- and by extension, the folks it helps in the community.

One of the 10 organizations was United Christian Ministries, which ministers to the need of people in times of emergency by providing food, household supplies and personal care items and assisting with the cost of rent and utilities. This includes brightening Thanksgiving for needy families otherwise unable to celebrate the holiday.

“We were thinking we’d only be able to give families a turkey this year for Thanksgiving,” said United Christian Ministries’ Kathy Cross. “But because of the (Cashiers Cares) donation -- not anymore. We’ll be able to give a turkey and a whole Thanksgiving dinner.”

Yes, there are folks in largely affluent southern Jackson County who have trouble meeting basic family needs. The charities Cashiers Cares supports helps those individuals. “It’s neighbors helping neighbors,” said Cashiers Cares Chairman Pam Kerr, echoing her organization’s motto. “There’s so much need in southern Jackson County. Sure, there’s a lot of rich people here, but many aren’t aware of what’s back in all the hollers.”

Kerr pointed to the unique seasonal nature of the employment environment in the Cashiers area. “It’s especially tough for some of our lower income folks during the winter when there are fewer of the seasonal jobs available here,” she said. “They don’t have money for things like dental care.”

We applaud Cashiers Care for its work in the community. And of course credit must go to the 200-plus folks that participated in the Aug. 13 golf-croquet-auction event at Country Club of Sapphire Valley, not to mention the super-hospitable CCSV staff.

For information on Cashiers Cares or to make a contribution, visit http://cashierscares.org/ or email pbk354@gmail.com.

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