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Chil­dren r eceive toys through lo­cal Christ­mas pro­gram for kids.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - A num­ber of bikes for girls and boys are given out to de­serv­ing chil­dren through the Christ­mas is for Kids project. Staff Re­ports

The hol­i­days will be brighter for lo­cal chil­dren this year thanks to gen­er­ous donors and vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pated in the 2015 Christ­mas is for Kids project.

Bags of gifts were piled high in the Great Room of the First Bap­tist Church in Rock­mart on Thurs­day, Dec. 17. This was the date set for dis­tri­bu­tion of presents for de­serv­ing chil­dren.

Rows of pink bikes for girls and red and black ones for boys were placed in sep­a­rate ar­eas. Smaller gifts were bagged be­fore dis­tri­bu­tion. A to­tal of 62 fam­i­lies or 121 chil­dren were on the list to re­ceive toys for Christ­mas.

Chief Keith Sor­rells, di­rec­tor, said Christ­mas is for Kids an­nu­ally needs about 25 vol­un­teers.

This in­cludes those that serve dur­ing the col­lec­tion and sort­ing process and those who are in­volved in the dis­tri­bu­tion. This year, this phase of the pro­gram was held at First Bap­tist Church.

“It’s all about the chil­dren,” Sor­rells said. “We are only a part of the many ef­forts to make the hol­i­days brighter for kids in Polk County. It is my hope that ev­ery child has a present placed be­neath his or her tree. If not, I be­lieve that would be a tragedy.

“The thoughts of grand­chil­dren or any child not get­ting a gift on De­cem­ber 25 is more than I want to think about,” he said. “I also want to thank each per­son who have given time, money or helped in any way to make this year’s ef­fort a suc­cess.”

He em­pha­sized that Polk County is filled with warm, car­ing peo­ple. “Ev­ery year, we wit­ness the giv­ing spirit of the peo­ple who live across this county,” he said.

“Our goal is to see that no child wakes on Christ­mas Day with­out any toys to enjoy.”

Judy Stoyle, An­drea Sor­rells and Keith Sor­rells vol­un­teer dur­ing dis­tri­bu­tion of toys in Rock­mart.

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