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50 Donors Provided Over 200 Children With Toys For Christmas

 

Tonya Hurst’s grandchildren, Zander, Alaina and Autumn, and cousin, Coraline “Cora”, were at the Christmas Giveaway in Lewisport last week, and excited to receive toys for Christmas. When asked what they wanted for Christmas Autumn said, “ Peace In The World.”

The 2023 Santa Sacks, St. Vincent DePaul & Toys for Tots Christmas Giveaway was a huge success again this year. Volunteers worked many hours to organize everything so that Hancock County citizens could receive food, clothing and help with toys for Christmas.

It was a fairly warm morning Thursday as volunteers finished getting everything prepared for the giveaway. Food, toys and clothes were bundled and ready as families began driving through the Lewisport Community Center at 10:30 a.m. to receive their packages.

The line was long, giving a Clarion reporter the chance to interview a group of children in one of the cars, and ask how they felt about the gifts they were excited about receiving. “What would you like for Christmas?” he asked the 3 children who were there with their grandmother, Zander, Alaina and Autumn, and their cousin, Coraline “Cora”.

“A clean up mop, Barbie camper and a lot of toys,” Alaina said.

“What I want for Christmas is a necklace for Grams (his grandmother),” said Zander. “I like lots of stuff for Grams.”

“I want an art kit,” Cora said.

“Peace in the world,” said Autumn.

Alaina, Autumn and Zander are all students at North Hancock Elementary, and are currently being raised by their father. Their grandmother takes care of them while he is at work. She said the girls were baptized just a few weeks ago, and when asked why they wanted to be baptized Alaina said, “Because we love God.”

“I love God too,” Cora chimed in.

“We want God in our heart,” Autumn added.

Their brother, Zander, feels the same way and asked everyone to pray with him. He proceeded to lead a prayer that brought the reason for the season to the forefront, and warmed the Clarion reporter’s heart.

Volunteer Coordinator Beth Payne reflected on this year’s Christmas Giveaway saying, “The day of the giveaway we were blessed with great weather. There were many volunteers and so much Christmas spirit that it was impossible not to feel blessed. Food was given to almost 300 families from Santa Sacks.

St. Vincent DePaul provided shoes, socks, underwear and coats (to those who requested a coat), and Toys for Tots provided lots of toys for over 200 children.”

There were over 50 financial donors, and a Thank You message listing each one will be published in the Clarion, as well as the list of volunteers who donated their time to make the giveaway day work seamlessly again this year.

The Lewisport Community Center is donated each year as the giveaway location by the Lyons Club. The 2023 Giveaway was on Thursday, December 21st.

The Santa Sacks, St. Vincent DePaul & Toys for Tots Christmas Giveaway at the Lewisport Community Center was a huge success because of the many donors, and volunteers who worked for hours to organize everything so that Hancock County citizens could receive food, clothing and help with toys for Christmas.

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