Letter: Mathews community shows holiday spirit
The Mathews community has again come forward to show overwhelming support toward the annual project we all know as the "Christmas Store." There were 265 adults and 145 children shoppers at the Christmas Store held at Kingston Parish House on Dec. 10 and 11. Another 43 children shopped for their parents at the Elf Shoppe. Peggy Hudgins and her lead assistant, Irene Cheatham, put in over 250 hours toward this project.
Other volunteers included Martha Ann Ashberry, Dana Brown, Tom Hunley, Jack Cranford, Charlene Small, Pearl Sadler, Annie Payne, Carol Swartz and Kingston Parish Youth. All told, a total of 658 hours were donated!
A special thanks to the following: Mathews High School Beta Club, for their help with the set-up; Central United Methodist Church, for the many shoeboxes they filled; Kingston Parish, for the use of the building, the filled stockings and the youth group’s assistance; county employees and other citizen volunteers who helped set up and operate the store.
The Adopt a Family project was also a huge success and 39 families were served. Hallways in the Social Services office have been brimming with beautifully wrapped gifts for our families in need. It is always such a morale boost to see the joy on the faces of members of churches, the civic groups and the individual citizens as they deliver their packages in hopes of giving some joy to these children they so want to help during this special giving season. As one who gets to observe both the giving and the receiving, I can assure all of you that the gratitude from the recipients is equally rewarding to watch—you truly made Christmas a happier time for them.
On behalf of our staff and board, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to those of you who contributed financially or through your work to brighten this holiday season for children, families and our senior citizens here in Mathews County.
Jo Ann Wilson-Harfst
Director, Mathews Department of Social Services