Christmas Connection Open House Set for Today
By WestKyStar Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - Community Christmas Connection will host an open house at its new location, Mayfield First United Methodist Church’s Outreach Center, 316 S. Eighth St., just down from the church’s main building. It will take place today between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. The hosts will serve refreshments.

“We have gotten so much support and need has led us to ask for even more,” said Tana Jones, coordinator of the Wingo Elementary School Family Resource Center. “So, we want to offer anyone who is interested to come see our store: how it is set up, the merchandise we have, and how we will share what’s donated with those in need.”

Mayfield-Graves County Community Education and the family resource and youth services centers of the Graves County Schools and Mayfield Elementary School again are sponsoring the annual event. It’s designed for children who likely would have few, if any, gifts during the holiday season without the community-wide effort.

Organizers recently asked individuals and groups throughout the community to assist the program in any way possible, especially monetarily since another $35,000 is needed. They explained the economic recession is responsible for the additional need, even as they thanked the Graves County Truck Pullers for their large, annual donations. CCC is accepting donations of cash and new toys through Dec. 14.

"We really appreciate the help of two Mayfield churches," said Community Education director Kim Wheeler. "First United Methodist is loaning us their building space at no cost and First Assembly of God is putting Christmas food baskets together.”

Families must apply for assistance. They then can choose gifts for their children based on a point system of need.

“Most people want to know that their charitable giving is valued and makes a difference,” said Jennifer Morris, coordinator of SAFE, the Symsonia and Farmington FRC. “I believe the store is a great idea because it’s encouraging families to budget and make choices to wisely use the gifts they’re given and, therefore, to appreciate them more. This year, families can earn extra points tied to responsible choices. So, I think rather than enabling bad choices, we are empowering families in need to make good choices.”

To learn more, contact Mayfield Elementary School’s F.A.C.E. Center at (270) 247-0313, contact any Graves County school or phone (270) 674-4908 or 328-4908.

Published 07:06 AM, Monday Dec. 10, 2012
Updated 10:09 PM, Sunday Dec. 09, 2012

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