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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Childress County Christmas Sharing Board Secretary and Treasurer Raenell Smith wants families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to know they are here to help with gifts.
“We are now accepting applications from families who need assistance during the holiday season,” Smith said. “It is our goal that all children have a Merry Christmas.”
Families can fill out applications at the Childress County Christmas Sharing building, located at 232 Main St., until Dec. 10. Smith said during this season of gift giving, they are striving to meet the needs of the Childress community.
The majority of the families seeking assistance have jobs but don’t make enough to make ends meet at times, especially during the holiday season, Smith explained. Some of them are grandparents and great-grandparents raising their grandchildren. Smith added many of the families and individuals are existing on small pensions or social security.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many families, we encourage those who are having a hard time to come by and submit an application,” Smith added. “It’s hard to ask for help at times, but people should not feel embarrassed. These are the people we want to help. We are here for you.”
Childress County Christmas Sharing is also there for people needing coats.
“Our coat drive is going on at this time,” said Smith, who wants people to know they can donate new and gently used, clean coats. “Those wishing to donate items can drop off toys or coats at 232 Main St.”
Smith said monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 21, Childress, TX 79201 or made at First Bank & Trust and Wellington State Bank.
“With the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we are abiding by the guidelines of our community leaders and the State regarding safety as we accept applications for assistance, Smith said. “We wish the Childress community a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.”