Christmas for Children helps families in need
Over 2,900 children will have a merrier Christmas this year thanks to Christmas for Children and more than 300 volunteers who delivered happiness on Wednesday.
Many of the volunteers were past recipients during the organization’s nearly 30 years of existence. They wanted to give back to the organization.
“One lady told us, ‘When I was a child I received gifts and (Christmas for Children) helped me have a Christmas. I’ve been blessed now and want to help others,’” said Jacque Gordon, upcoming president of Christmas for Children.
Gordon also said another woman donated food for the volunteers because she was a recipient as a child.
“There are so many generous and selfless people who opened their wallets and gave so much of their time to make this successful,” Gordon said. “People called asking what we needed and how much of it was needed. Many times they would send in more.”
The longtime local organization and partner agency of United Way of Hood County provided bags of toys and clothes to hundreds of families who are having financial troubles and cannot afford to buy gifts for their children this year.
In addition, 534 bicycles were rolled off to new homes from the StoneWater Church parking lot, and 77 children will nestle all snug in their new beds, complete with bedding and pillows.
The planning process goes on throughout the year, but starting three weeks before the event about 25 volunteers begin working eight to 10 hours each day and kick it in gear a week before the distribution with some working up to 16 hours per day.
The number of volunteers culminates on distribution day with many groups throughout the community participating.
StoneWater Church provided the facilities for distribution as well as many volunteers. Various groups from the schools also provided volunteers including the Granbury High School football team, Key Club, National Honor Society and Junior Leadership Granbury.
A second-grade math class at Emma Roberson even had a lesson on finances and giving to charity and not only raised $270, but many of those students helped with the distribution Wednesday evening.
Other groups including Leadership Granbury and various city and county employees helped with the event. The Granbury Police Department provided security.
“It’s unbelievable how many people are so giving,” said Gordon. “It’s so heartwarming to see the community come together.”
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