LaGrange is a city of hope to many, a place that they can call home and find peace in a sometimes unforgiving world. What makes this community so special is the way that we take care of our own and are always willing to lend a hand to those in need. There are many organizations and people here that have dedicated themselves to these ideals. One such organization has continued to do just that and have done so for over 20 years.
Up All Night has entered its 24th year and has continued its traditions of feeding those in need. Late in the evening up Christmas Eve, the team gathered together at their location on Cannon Street and began to prepare meals in anticipation of Christmas the following day. Around 11 the next morning, the team began to deliver these meals, with either people stopping by to grab some plates or volunteers taking plates out into the community. This is a tradition of nearly 25 years here in LaGrange and Troup County, a tradition that continues to grow each reach each and every year.
Jimmy Edwards has been involved with the program for 17 years and knows the importance of what he and his team do each and every year. These plates have gone out quite a distance in all of the years of the program. The plates have traveled all the way to LaFayette, Tarboro, Hogansville, Luthersville, Grantville, Manchester, Tarbutton, West Point, the Valley and many other locations. These are just a few examples of the reach and the gravity of this program and its mission to make sure that everyone has a meal to eat this holiday season.
This time of year is filled with ham and dressing, smells of cranberry sauce, and presents under the tree. However for some, the holidays are not a time of joy, rather of sadness and depression. It is a difficult time of year for many. However, there are those out there trying to make sure that everyone has a good memory and something to look forward to every Christmas, even it that emotion comes from the kindness of strangers. This is such an importance cause that the Up All Night Program has been involved with for nearly 25 years and hopefully a program that will continue to grow and to feed those in need for many, many years to come.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer