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By Ryan Bowman—
CHILDRESS —With the 2020 holiday season in full swing, whispers of gift ideas, shopping lists and travel plans fill the air as Christmas approaches. While Dec. 1st marks the beginning of the Christmas season for most, that is not the case for the crew at Childress County Christmas Sharing.
Since early October, the dedicated team at Childress County Christmas Sharing has been working tirelessly on their mission to ensure a Merry Christmas for everyone in the county. “The mission is that every child in Childress County can have a merry Christmas,” said board member Raenell Smith. “We get toys for the kids, food vouchers for families and anything a family might need to ensure a merry Christmas.” In addition to providing food and gifts for families and children in need, the caring members of Childress County Christmas Sharing also work with local nursing facilities to ensure the unique needs of the residents are met as well.
This is all made possible by the residents of Childress County, as the organization runs entirely on donations. Members and volunteers strive to ensure anyone who has a need on Christmas, does not have to worry. With Christmas right around the corner, the mission now rests in the hands of Childress county residents, as the volunteers at Childress County Christmas Sharing give a gentle reminder that the donations from fellow Childress County residents are what makes this all possible.
Anyone who wishes to make a monetary donation can do so by mailing a check, made out to Childress County Christmas Sharing, to PO Box 21 Childress, Texas 79201. The volunteers at Childress County Christmas Sharing ask you to please remember while every donation is appreciated, out of an abundance of caution, mailing cash is discouraged. Anyone who wishes to make a cash donation can do so by making a deposit into the Childress County Christmas Sharing Inc. account Wellington State Bank in Childress or the First National Bank in Trust in Childress.
Donations of new, unopened toys, clothes, household items and other gifts can be dropped off directly to Childress County Christmas Sharing by visiting 232 Main St. Childress, Texas 79201. The organization also works to provide free coats and jackets to those in need, by collecting and distributing new or very gently used winter coats and jackets.
Families who completed applications for assistance will be able to pick up gifts from x to x on Thursday, Dec. 17. at the Childress County Christmas Sharing building located at 232 Main St. in downtown Childress. And in order to share all the gifts and donations received, families are still encouraged to sign up and complete applications for gifts pickup. Smith adds, “We urge people to come in and sign up; that’s what we’re here for. We want everyone to have a merry Christmas.”
The volunteers who dedicate their time and their hearts to their community, together with the generous donors across Childress County are sure to provide smiles to those in need, this year more than ever. “We are blessed here in Childress.”