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November 28, 2008

Christmas Love needs help

The new version of Christmas Love — a local non-profit that gives gifts to low-income children — is gearing up for the holiday season.

Christmas Love board member Stephanie Chambers said the newly retooled cause is finding help from different places throughout the community.

“Things are going wonderfully. We’ve had so many people want to help, and we’ve seen such an outpouring from the community,” she said.

Chambers said volunteers have poured in to offer their time for Christmas Love, and to help in any way they can.

“We’ve had a lot of donations of time, especially,” she said. “Lots of people have been calling, wanting to help and pitch in, there will be a lot of opportunities for people to help.”

Different business and organizations have also organized toy drives to curry donations, as well.

“A lot of people have hosted toy drives for us,” Chambers said. “We appreciate those so much and have gotten a lot of great things.”

Donations have been fairly strong, though more help is always needed.

“Well, of course we always need more donations,” Chambers said. “Anything anyone wants to bring is a big help, really.”

One major change for Christmas Love this year is that organizers are no longer accepting open sign-up and enrollment for families to participate in the program. Instead, families-in-need will be referred to Christmas Love by an independent agency that will require proof of income and children’s birth certificates to ensure they qualify.

“It’s worked out really well,” Chambers said of the new system. “It’s really made a difference, getting families that really do need help. These people truly need the help.”

Also beginning this year, Christmas Love has also added a new mission to its statement: To help local children, year-round.

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