Making the Holidays Happier for Kids

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Updated: 12/21/2011 11:41 pm
     "If it wasn't for this they probably wouldn't have anything under the Christmas tree.  I work as a waitress at the Waffle House and I'm just struggling to pay bills," says Jennifer Abner.

     Abner has fallen on hard times so she went to the Faith and Community Christmas Store Wednesday to pick up some free gifts.

     "I'm shopping for my kids and my boyfriends' kids.  I just separated from my husband so I'm pretty much on my own for this Christmas and it's really been a rough year and I really appreciate that they allow us to come here and do this," explains Abner.

     Last year, the store provided free gifts for more than 15,000 kids, this year the turnout is expected to be even bigger and that's why the store is still in desperate need of volunteers.

     "Each day, we have to have between 300 and 400 people willing to give 4 hours at a time.  We need volunteers for every shift Thursday and Friday.  The 4 to 8 shift is tough on most people.  We beg you to consider the 4 to 8," comments Ginny Ramsey with the Faith & Community Christmas Store.

     Not only are they in need of volunteers, but also donations.

     "Our biggest needs, we'd say are bikes, any toys and sporting goods, sporting equipment.  At the corner of 2nd and Midland, we have a drive-thru, a convenient drive-thru toy donation drop.  They'll give them their tax receipt and we have people who will unload," says Ramsey.

     Donations can be dropped off from 8 AM to 8 PM Thursday and 8 AM to 3 PM on Friday and you can help make a child's holiday a little happier.

     "It shows me that there's still good people out there," says Abner.

     If you want to volunteer, please call (859) 514-7210 or email caclexky@insightbb.com
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