- Cullman, Alabama

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November 22, 2010

Christmas Love seeks donations for local families

The annual Christmas Love program will seek to meet the needs of 250 families this year.

The program actually serves a dual purpose during the Christmas season, but the benefits last a long time, said Javon Daniel, who along with Nancy Bryant and other volunteers are making the holiday a little brighter for area families.

“The need is tremendous this year, with 250 families identified for help through Christmas Love,” Daniel said. “We make sure that the children have gifts for Christmas, which means a lot to them and their families, but this also designed to meet some other needs.”

Those other needs may include shoes, clothing, underwear and sheets for a child’s bed.

“For around $120, a child can get a complete outfit, and that’s going to include socks, a coat for winter, shoes, pants and other basic needs,” Daniel said.

One point about Christmas Love that Daniel and Bryant stress is that no administrative cost is taken from cash donations.

“This program is strictly run by volunteers. Every dollar collected goes directly to the families who have needs. Christmas Love has been in existence for a number of years and has successfully helped a lot of people in our area,” Daniel said.

Gifts for the children are neatly wrapped in holiday paper so that they will experience the excitement of receiving gifts. The family box, which will include food, is the only thing not wrapped.

“The food is for the families to enjoy during the holiday, but the toys and necessities that are provided to the children have long-lasting meaning in their lives,” he added.

Christmas Love asks for cash donations. Some families and businesses across the area have chosen to sponsor an entire family or several families in this program.

The deadline for giving in the Christmas Love program is the first Friday of December. For more information about the program, contact Daniel or Bryant at 256-739-1111.

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