The purpose of the annual Children’s Christmas Project is to help provide a gift to those from birth to 18 years of age who are in the greatest need. The project is a joint venture by Ashe County churches, community volunteers, as well as various agencies and organizations of concerned citizens. This year there is also the assistance of the Salvation Army.
The organizers of this year’s project report a list of about 900 children they are serving. Age appropriate books are needed for this project. If you would like to provide books, and/or gifts for the children, bring new, unwrapped items to Family Central by Monday, Dec. 1. Gifts will be wrapped the week of Dec. 1-5, and volunteers are also needed for this effort. Also needed are boxes for clothing such as shirt and pants boxes, and small boxes for jewelry and smaller gifts. No large boxes are needed. People can also donate wrapping paper, tape and bows to help in the wrapping of approximately 4,000 gifts.
The current agencies working together in this project include: Ashe Baptist Association, Ashe Ministerial Association, Ashe County Department of Social Services, Ashe County Partnership for Children, NC Cooperative Extension Ashe County Center, Blue Ridge Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School, Ashe Parks and Recreation, and the Ashe County Volunteer Initiative.
Volunteers are always needed, and financial contributions allow the project to meet the expenses that continue to escalate every year, and to meet the needs of this year’s gift list.
If you would like to be a part of the 2008 Children’s Christmas Project, please contact: Dawn Goodman at 246-2461 (to volunteer) or Diane Dixon at 246-5631.