December 22, 2011

Santa's Helpers Program Brings Christmas to 28 Scotland County Families

The 2011 Scotland County Adopt-a-Child Santa's Helper program has once again come to a close. This year, the program was able to help 28 families within Scotland County, which consisted of 61 children.

"It's amazing to watch our community step up, and help others in need," said organizer Michele Drummond. "There have been so many people involved in different aspects of this program and without each and every one of them, this program wouldn't be possible."

The Scotland County Sheriff's office, Memphis City Hall and Pamida in Memphis hosted sign-up sheets at their locations to get the program started and allow families to be recommended for the special Christmas aid. Pamida not only supplied the Christmas tree for the program to place the Wish Lists on, but also collected and stored the gifts once purchased.

Dollar General had a collection box that customers could purchase items and place in the box. These items were used to fill in where needed. This year Dollar General collected over 100 items which included; hats, gloves, clothes, stuffed animals and tons of toys.

Individuals and organizations from across the area adopted several of the children from the tree and purchased items on their wish list, which consisted of toys, coats, shoes, shirts, socks, pants, diapers, etc.

"We had several people donate and drop off toys they purchased and wanted them used where ever needed," Drummond stated. "And we don't want to forget those that gave monetary donations. Those donations allow us, "the helpers" to take the names left on the tree and purchase items for them also."

The actual Santa's helpers do a little bit of everything - from picking up the sign-up sheets, filling out the Wish List cards and placing them on the tree, picking up the gifts once purchased, sorting the gifts by family, making a list of items needed, shopping for those items, bagging up each child's gifts and then bagging them by family.

The Memphis/Scotland County Fire Station was the distribution center, with Santa's Helpers using the community room to pass out the gifts.

"The only step that's missing is being able to be at each house Christmas morning to watch each child's face light up when they see what they received for Christmas," Drummond said. "Thanks to everyone that helped in whatever way and may you and your families have a Blessed Christmas also."

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