Elk­ton spon­sors lo­cal fam­ily for Christ­mas sea­son

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

ELK­TON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

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.

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