Mathews Christmas Store a dream come true for many residents
"We think we are going to at least equal last year," said Peggy Hudgins, longtime coordinator of the two-day event, which took place at the Kingston Parish House Friday and Saturday. The store, sponsored each year by the Mathews Department of Social Services, served 485 people in 2011.
Hudgins said she receives donations from individuals and businesses throughout the year and also applies for grants to purchase the items that are put into the store. "I shop all year," she said, placing the items for safe keeping in the upstairs of the social services building.
Those who are eligible to shop at the store receive 30 points per person in their family that they are shopping for. Hudgins and her 75-plus volunteers then mark each item with a certain number of points. "There’s no money involved," Hudgins said.
The store has just about everything in it and Hudgins said that the household items are some of the most popular, especially with the ladies who normally would not have the money to buy them.