Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Whether green and yellow or red and gold, CUPS’ Christmas baskets are a ‘grand’ endeavor. By Carol Stubbs
|Photo by Robin May|
Busy elves in the CUPS Santa-like workshop are putting in overtime to make 1,000 Christmas baskets — double last year’s count. The CUPS (Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service) mission is to “experience God’s abundance through both giving and receiving.” The baskets, filled with recycled gift items collected throughout the year, are a creative extension of the mission.
CUPS began in 2005 to help meet the immense need following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The organization has continued giving to the community, bringing together faith and practicality and encouraging sharing our abundance. “We believe God has provided enough. And that when we all share the abundance we find in our lives, there is enough [usually more than enough] for everyone,” says Leigh Petersen, director and founder.
The Christmas basket project provides gifts for those in need with distribution handled through community agencies. Baskets are made for all ages, from infant to adult, male and female. Volunteers from area churches help fill baskets at scheduled times throughout the year.
In the workshop, baskets are created from items like Christmas trays and tins, handbags, backpacks, totes and large toys. Volunteer elves fill them with an assortment of gift items arranged around a color or theme. Donated items are neatly stored on shelves in labeled containers. There are boxes of cosmetic bags, ties, rolled blankets, baby lotion, stuffed animals, small games, Christmas pot holders and dish towels, interesting books and videos for all ages, hand-knit scarves and hats and lots of toys. Everything is washed and repaired before being used. Each basket is surrounded by clear wrapping and tied with ribbon to coordinate with the colors of the contents.
Head elf Sue Steck-Turner of First Presbyterian Church says it’s an amazing project that utilizes the imagination and creativity of many individuals. “It’s unbelievable that in five years this project has evolved from 100 baskets made in a bedroom in my home into a ministry involving almost 100 volunteers and donors creating 1,000 baskets,” she says. “It is a most rewarding endeavor.”
Co-founder Ryan Trahan goes solo to keep it local.
Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
Lafayette patio home or Port Barre waterfront cottage
With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
A few of my favorite things
Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Stoned driving a concern when pot is legal; Detroit's bankruptcy trial; speed trap scandal in Florida and more national and international news for Tuesday, September 02, 2014.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
Fiery style for game day
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.