Making Christmas merry and bright

Presents-ribbonsHOLT, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017–A small anonymous group of people in Holt has been keeping a keen eye out for those in need this holiday season.

They’ve identified five individuals from the community who need a little help to make their Christmas brighter for this year’s Holt Community Christmas Cause.

A single mother with a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl have been identified as those who might not have a merry Christmas without a little help.

Also included in the program this year is a 13-year-old boy and an older widower.

All five could use a little assistance this holiday (see below for suggested gifts).

Last year, an idea took hold as a small group of individuals noticed a hard-working single mom who was not quite able to make ends meet for her 4-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl, which meant a meager Christmas for the small family.

Quietly reaching out to friends, requests for small donations of new toys or clothes resulted in more than 30 gifts for the family.

The response was overwhelming.

“No one person gave a lot, but it was phenomenal,” said one of the volunteers who asked to remain anonymous.

After seeing the enormous generosity from the community, the group decided to adjust the program this year.

“Last year, after seeing the volume of gifts, we realized we could have done more for more individuals,” the volunteer said.

The gift-giving is anonymous to protect the recipients.

“We try to keep this as anonymous as possible. We don’t want to do anything that would cause anybody any embarrassment,” said the volunteer.  “We just want these individuals and family to know the community  sees you and you’re not alone.”

This year the volunteer group is asking for all new unwrapped gift donations to be turned in by Dec. 9.  They can be dropped off at these Holt locations:

  • U.S. Post Office, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch; Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Holt Water Works, Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon

Gift suggestions:
  • 9-year-old boy: books, camouflage items, flashlight
  • 11-year-old girl: girls makeup, hair accessories, costume jewelry
  • 13-year-old boy: magic tricks, bow and arrows, science kits
  • Adults: personal hygiene items, paper goods, grocery store items, Walmart or drug store gift cards

Stephanie Holcombe

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