Love in every batch

Published 2:09 pm Sunday, December 6, 2009

The late Brother Nall of Alabaster First Baptist sent Barbara Logan out to deliver food to the needy all around the county.

A few times she carried meals, into “dubious” areas, bestowing upon her many funny stories and some sad stories.

Always a doer, Barbara has talked her Sunday School class and other church committees into lots of “projects” thru the years.

Sharon Harris, Zell Williams and Barbara Logan have been the “bakers” while delivery elves have been Allene Walker, Sandra Brantley and Barbara Waldrop. Mrs. Logan starts her seasonal baking the day after Thanksgiving.

Last year she baked 164 pound cakes, along with lemon Christmas cakes, fruitcakes and fruitcake cookies, coconut bonbons, crockpot candy, divinity, fudge, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter balls and “whatcha got left over” cookies.

The closer the holidays get the more frantic the cooking. She has three electric mixers.

Tables begin to be covered with wrapped and boxed goodies — cakes fill a chest and upright freezer.

There are two tables on an enclosed porch and a large formal dining table in the former mother-in-law addition.

Love, prayers and dedication go into the goodies as they are baked. There are those who remain faithful in dropping by with cocoa, sugar, flour, coconut, pecans, condensed milk, eggs, etc.

Without these helpers and her children, JoAnn Shockley and Allen Logan, Barbara could not afford to bake so much.

Her husband of 61 years, Curtis Logan, has been homebound for more than five years. Since July, he has been bedbound. Hospice helps her and her children help, and even neighbors.

She says she loves what she does and doesn’t believe in quitting. Barbara Williams Logan is a perfect example for any season.

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