Sometime in September, while most of us are settling into school routines, our communities finest volunteers begin discussing Christmas gifts for the less fortunate kids in our county. A city the size of Cleveland, population of 42,774 (2013 US Census Bureau) has several programs including The Salvation Army, The Refuge, Faith Memorial Church, The Local Police Department, Christmas Memories, Cleveland Middle School, Toys for Tots,
The Refuge Center’s Christmas Extravaganza, various local churches, and The Children’s Christmas Party will all share in the blessing of giving. Hundreds of kids and or their parents will show up at one of these and receive gifts. Close to a thousand kids will meet up at Kmart and shop with a volunteer to purchase themselves toys, clothes, shoes or whatever they feel they need. The Salvation Army Warehouse will be lined with boxes to fill. As people purchase the wishlist of the children they adopt for the holidays the boxes will begin to overflow.
It’s Christmas time again and for the fifth year in a row I am totally overwhelmed by the way my community has stepped up for those less fortunate living around them. It’s easy to get involved!