When Bro. Joe Carrico began collecting toys for needy children in 1954, did he know then that 63 years later his legacy would still be helping put smiles on the faces of so many?

It is that time of year where giving and receiving takes on an old meaning. Bro. Joe’s Family Christmas Country Ham Breakfast & Silent Auction is just around the corner. You can help by picking up the dream of a man who wanted to make sure all the children in Logan County were provided for during the holiday season.

For an $8 donation you can enjoy a homemade breakfast prepared by our heroic soldiers from Fort Campbell, while making a child smile on Christmas morning. What better combination?

Through the hearts of many volunteers, Christmas is made a little easier for those who struggle thanks to the efforts of a man who cared to pledge most of his life to making sure kids were taken care of, and also to a group who took the baton and continued this dream. From opening toys to feeding families, the Agape Service Foundation works to make Christmas a memorable day for everyone by carrying on Carrico’s legacy.

The late Bro. Joe Carrico began collecting for kids because he wanted to make sure they had something to open Christmas morning. He worked diligently throughout the years to assure these children were not forgotten.

Bro. Joe’s Breakfast & Auction is scheduled this year for Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-11 a.m. at the Logan County Extension Office, 255 John Paul Road, Russellville.

It takes many volunteers to pull off the breakfast, which usually serves approximately 6,000 eggs and biscuits and 40 hams. There are usually 1,500 carryout orders delivered to businesses and industries.

The soldiers from Fort Campbell will be on hand helping cook the food, as well as serve.

If you want to come out and help there is still time. You never know when organizers will need to ask someone to lend a hand. Otherwise you can come on out and have a good breakfast while fellowshipping with your neighbors. You will get eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy. There will also be coffee, milk and juice available.

If you can’t get away from the office or you are stuck at home and live in Logan County, you can call 270-542-8697 or 270-726-7109. to have your breakfast delivered. You can pre-order before Nov. 15.

If you cannot make it out to the breakfast, but still want to help, there are several ways you can do so. You can stop by First Southern National Bank in Russellville and make a donation. Or you can drop a toy off at either US Bank, or the Carrico Center at 551 Johnson Street in Russellville.

While we are snug in our homes Christmas Eve and awaiting that festive morning, remember, there are many in our own community who don’t have it as well.