Congratulations to Alabama’s Ten Islands Camp 2678 for making national news headlines through their generosity and helping hand to the needy at Christmas in their community. You represent the Confederation well. – Editor
“The Anniston Star
OHATCHEE, Alabama – Laura Adams, 63, won’t be hungry this Christmas — or many days following.
The Ohatchee woman, along with about 80 families, received smoked Boston butts at Janney Furnace on Tuesday, an event organized by the Ten Islands Camp 2678 Sons of Confederate Veterans to help feed this community’s needy.
“And we’re gonna really enjoy it,” she said with a smile, holding the fully cooked 5-pound slab. “Never had nothing like this given to me before.”
Many members of the 44-member crew can remember fighting for scraps on Christmas, so poor that the only way they even had a holiday was by the mercy of others, so poor they spelled the word P-O-R, said Calhoun County Commission Chairman Eli Henderson, a member of Camp 2678.
“We couldn’t have anything if nobody wouldn’t give us something,” said Henderson, who had 16 siblings.
The camp called local church pastors, asking each to identify five families in need. Dad’s Barbecue smoked the meat, wrapping it tight in plastic to preserve its tenderness and hickory flavor. And families filed by the Janney Furnace welcome center on Friday, some of whom waited in the parking lot for the doors to open.
“Anytime you’re able to help your fellow man,” said camp member Larry Lee, “it gives you a good feeling.”
Lee said the success of this year’s inaugural Boston butt giveaway could mean making it an annual event.
Eva Gladden, 67, hopes that is the case. She picked up six slabs for her closest friends, some of whom don’t have jobs, one who has cancer.
“They thought it was nice,” she said, almost screaming with enthusiasm. “They appreciated it.”