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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – More than 150 Childress County children and residents had a brighter holiday because of Childress County Christmas Sharing.
“Once again the citizens of Childress County have given generously to assure others have a good Christmas,” said Childress County Christmas Sharing Board Secretary and Treasurer Raenell Smith. “We have been blessed and, in turn, were able to bless others.”
Smith said they met the needs of 43 families with 69 children, one family through MHMR, 44 elderly and disabled citizens and 45 residents of Childress Healthcare Center. On top of that, they were able to provide 33 coats along with caps, toboggans and gloves.
“The Childress County Christmas Sharing, Inc. (CCCS, Inc.) wants to express our gratitude and say a big thank you,” Smith said. “It has been an unusual and challenging year due to COVID-19 restrictions, and CCCS, Inc. wishes to thank those whom we served for their patience and observance of the guidelines required.”
The Christmas Sharing board and active volunteers, which includes Smith, Durlene Worthington, Mary Hernandez, Diane Depew, Sarah Long and Viva Rister would also like to thank everyone who donated.
Smith said they received donations from Eastern Star Chapter 101, Diana Depew, Randy and Viva Rister, Lott’s Inc., Gary and Pat Swindell, Talmadge and Margie Porter, Wana Castleberry, Gayle Trammel, Megan Keys, The Dollar Tree, Taylor and Marilyn Johnson, Barbara Brandt, Ranae Wyatt, Whitney Wyatt and her niece and nephews Libby, Bentley and Caleb Sanford, Mark Keys, Nancy Simpson and grandchildren Saylee and Luke, Raymond and Shirley McGee, Ann Simmers, Ellen Masterson, Dr. Mike and Sue Henderson and all who gave anonymously.
A special thanks goes to Shelly Preston for her computer skills and support, Smith added. She also appreciates the staff at Childress Healthcare Center for helping with gift distribution to the residents and The Red River Sun and K96.1 for their media coverage.
“We were awarded a generous grant from Childress Municipal Development District along with a grant from Walmart,” Smith said. “These grants enabled us to increase assistance to those who needed a helping hand this Christmas.”
Smith said donations are accepted throughout the year at Wellington State Bank and First Bank & Trust and can be sent to P.O. Box 21, Childress, TX 79201.
“God bless each of you for making this year possible,” Smith said. “May you have a blessed new year.”