Like mother, like daugthers, all five of them, as they take on Christmas spirit

Monday, December 24, 2007 | 1:09 p.m. CST; updated 7:10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

COLUMBIA— As mother to nine daughters, Glober Williams was never short of mouths to feed, but that didn’t stop the committed member of the Providence Baptist Church from cooking hot meals for those in need.

“It was something she did for people who couldn’t do it for themselves,” said Christine Dampier, one of Williams’s daughters. “Lots of organizations focus on children and families, but many of the elderly can’t get out that much, and they’re on fixed incomes.”

Over the years, Wiiliams carried out her works of charity for members of the community and the elderly. But after her death in 2001, the tradition appeared to be in jeopardy.

Yet, five of her daughters who still live in the area stepped in to fill the void and carry on her legacy.

Bertha Brownlee, Catherine Williams, Nancy Stockett, Kathy McKaire and Dampier have come together each year since their mother died to make Christmas baskets for elderly citizens in Columbia.

“Christine prayed to God about what she could do to honor her mother,” said Squire Logan III, who is Christine Dampier’s son-in-law. “Turned out, it was this.”

With help from their extended families, the sisters deliver baskets during the week leading up to Christmas. Residents of Oak Towers and the surrounding area are just some of those who have benefited from their generosity this year.

“The whole family joins together,” said Logan, who ferries the women around in his truck to deliver the baskets.

The baskets are filled with a range of household goods and food items, which have been given as donations by extended family. This allows Dampier and her sisters to make the baskets free of charge.

Dampier, who works as a housekeeper at University Hospital and Clinics, said the women hand out baskets this time of year to help people get through the holidays with items necessary for personal care.

“After Christmas spending, these baskets help carry elderly people through to the new year,” Dampier said. “We’ve got detergent, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper and dishwashing liquid. There’s also canned and dried goods like soup, sugar, cereal, green beans, casserole and macaroni cheese.”

“We start getting ready in mid-October,” Brownlee said. “We never know how many baskets we are going to make; it just depends on the day. The other day we probably gave out about 15.”

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