Elkton sponsors local family for Christmas season
— Town hall, working with the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office, is collecting presents to help out a local family this Christmas.
A “giving tree” was set up on Nov. 21 in the town administration building with 60 ornaments, which each include the gender, age and the name of a present for the family, said Cheyne Hudson, a coordinator for the drive who works for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Within 10 days, the ornaments were all taken, she added.
The presents will go to an Elkton family, which consists of a single mother with three daughters, ages 5, 7 and 8, Hudson said.
In order to sponsor a family this year, Hudson said she and Codee Watson, Hudson’s co-worker and coordinator of the drive, reached out to the State’s Attorney Office. Last year, the town sponsored a single mother with five children from the county after the office reached out to them, Hudson added.
Although there are no ornaments left, people are can donate unwrapped items such as age-appropriate toys and clothing, among other items, she said.
Many of the ornaments were picked up by town employees, as well as friends and families of employees, Hudson said, noting that employees were excited to participate.
“It brings us all together, especially around the holidays,” Hudson said. “We have somewhere around 110 employees, so for a lot of people to be involved in something like that kind of brings everyone together in town hall. It’s a good experience for everyone to be involved in.”
All donations are due by Monday at noon, Hudson said, when the State’s Attorney’s Office will come by to pick up the items.
Watson said this a good event because it brings the town employees and community together and it’s another way for people to give back.
“I hope that it gives them a Merry Christmas,” Watson said.
Cheyne Hudson and Codee Watson, with the Elkton Department of Parks and Recreation, stand next to a “giving tree” and boxes for donations set up in town hall.