Children r eceive toys through local Christmas program for kids.
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.”