2010-12-02 / Front Page

Holiday giving deadlines are approaching for several local charities helping others

Opportunities abound to help your Wilkes County neighbors this holiday season, and the deadline dates for several of those charitable drives are approaching.

The deadline is Sunday, December 12, for the Toys for Tots program, a joint effort of the Georgia State Patrol and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. They are collecting new unwrapped toys for Wilkes County kids at marked “Toys for Tots” boxes around the community, including the Chamber of Commerce, and the GSP Post 17 lobby. Monetary donations are also welcome. Make checks payable to Toys for Tots Foundation.

The Washington Police Department’s Gifts for Children program has a deadline of Friday, December 10, for requests to be delivered to the department. The toys will be given out with the help of Santa on Wednesday morning, December 22 between 9 a.m. and noon.

Some 140 angels have been chosen off the Angel Tree at the First United Methodist Church, but a few are still available. Individuals and groups have chosen their angels, and the gifts they buy are to be delivered to Wesley Hall (the old fellowship hall) by Monday, December 13, for delivery on Saturday, December 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Volunteers are welcome for that distribution.

Children aren’t the only ones who need to be remembered at Christmas time. Thanks to Operation Love and Hope in a Shoebox, more than 100 residents of senior facilities throughout Wilkes County will get a gift shoebox from generous church groups, individual, or organization. The boxes may be dropped off to Margie Burke at McDonald’s, or Kip Burke at The News-Reporter, or call Margie at 706-318-0832 by Tuesday, December 14, for delivery to seniors the next day. “Last year some people made a monetary donation, and they were a real blessing to our seniors,” Burke said. “Even if you can’t fill a shoebox, you can still help.”

As always, volunteers for the Wilkes County unit of the Salvation Army will be manning their red kettles at Bi-Lo and Ingles supermarkets several nights this season and all week Christmas week. “We still need volunteers for our kettle drive,” said Dot Harris. Call 706- 678-2818 to volunteer or contribute. “This money goes to meet some very pressing needs right here in Wilkes County,” she said.

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