Project Christmas interviewing applicants starting in October

All applicant interviews are again being held at the McDowell County Recreation Department this year.

Santa and his elves are gearing up for Project Christmas.

All applicant interviews are again being held at the McDowell County Recreation Department this year.

“We’re looking forward to another good, successful year giving gifts to the needy children in McDowell County,” said Carla Patrick, who is in her 21st year co-directing Project Christmas with Richelle Bailey. “We get tremendous support from the community, and, because of that, we’ve been fortunate in the number of kids we’ve been able to help over the years.”

Letters — available in both English and Spanish — are currently being sent out to parents through the schools, informing them of the dates and times for interviews.

Once again this year, Project Christmas will not be providing food to families, as it has in the past.

“Times have changed since we took over Project Christmas 21 years ago,” said Bailey. “Today, every school has a food pantry and so many churches give food weekly to families. We feel that the money we usually spend on food can better be used by helping more children. Food is available in so many places for people that need it, whereas, Christmas gifts might not be.”

Angels will go out on trees around the county before Thanksgiving and, this year, gifts will be distributed to families on Saturday, Dec. 14.

For more information, call Project Christmas at 460-8053. Keep up with Project Christmas dates and news on Facebook at Project Christmas of McDowell.

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