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December 22, 2012

Christmas Love meets goal for area children

More than 200 area children will enjoy Christmas, thanks to the efforts of numerous individuals and organizations across Cullman County.

The annual Christmas Love drive to gather toys and clothing for needy children concluded earlier in the month and was a great success, said Javon Daniel, director of Cullman Caring for Kids.

Although Christmas Love is a separate program from Cullman Caring for Kids, Daniel and assistant director Nancy Bryant have  been leading the effort as volunteers in recent years.

“The caring spirit of this community always comes to the forefront when there are needs. I hope this community never loses sight of its greatest asset, and that’s the caring spirit it has,” Daniel said.

Under the efforts of Christmas Love’s volunteers, local children receive toys, coats, shoes and other clothing that is valuable during the winter months.

“I think it is so important that when these children return to school that they have new coats and shoes and jeans. The volunteers take a lot of care working with the families to make sure the essentials are provided and that some toys are included for the children,” Daniel said.

For a number of years, individuals in the community as well as churches and civic organizations have joined forces to provide items that are new and have value for the children.

“We’ve had individuals and churches who will sponsor an entire family or families in this program. It’s wonderful to see how seriously this is handled and the amount of love and compassion that goes into Christmas Love,” Daniel said.

Cullman Caring for Kids

While the holiday period begins, Cullman Caring for Kids’ food bank will be closed until after New Year’s Day.

“We worked with families before our last day to be open. We will at times how people at the office before we reopen who can accept donations,” Daniel said. “But we’ve had a tremendous response from the community for the food bank and we’re grateful to so many people for their contributions.”

David Palmer may be contacted at dpalmer@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 213.

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