Helping Holt residents have a merry Christmas

presentHOLT, Fla., Dec. 7, 2018—A small group of anonymous Santa helpers are working to brighten Christmas day for a few less fortunate residents.

This season, six individuals and one couple from the community have been identified as needing a little extra help.

Included this year are three boys and two girls, a single grandmother and a couple trying to make ends meet after the husband lost his job.

This is the third year of this small program that works primarily behind the scenes identifying individuals and gathering needed items.

The first year, a hard-working single mom with two children were the recipients. The response was overwhelming, according to one of the volunteers.

Realizing they could do more for more people, the program was expanded last year to include a single parent with two children, a second teenager and a senior citizen.

“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.

Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s program can drop off unwrapped gift donations by Dec. 15 at these Holt locations:

  • Holt 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

  • 1-year-old girl: large diapers, wipes, toiletries, clothing
  • 8-year-old boy: clothes size 7 and 8
  • 11-year-old girl: art projects, hair accessories, costume jewelry
  • 13-year-old boy: clothes size 32×30 pants, large shirt
  • Adults: personal hygiene items, paper goods, grocery store/Walmart/Winn Dixie/Pic-N-Save or drug store gift cards

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