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For the first time, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission will be assisting families with school-age children with Christmas presents.
NKCAC is taking over collecting names of needy families from the Grant County Schools family resource and youth service centers.
The school centers will be assisting, but families must sign up by filling out an application at NKCAC at 134 N. Main St. in Williamstown.
“This is our first year doing it, I’m hoping we get enough sponsors,” said Carrie Pugh, NKCAC supervisor.
Pugh said NKCAC will be accepting 150 families through Nov. 20 unless the list is filled before that date.
Sponsors will be needed to help provide gifts for each of the families.
A Christmas tree also will be placed at Grant County High School that will have “ornaments” on it with additional gift ideas that can be purchased for needy children.
Those gifts can be bought and delivered to NKCAC for distribution.
“Considering the economy, people are really having to cut back,” Pugh said. “So, the less they have to worry about, the better. We don’t want the families to have so much stress and holidays are stressful already. We’re just trying to assist them the best way we can.”
For more information, call NKCAC at 824-4768.
Williamstown Independent Schools will have its own Christmas assistance program for the ninth year.
The Williamstown Family Resource Center will be collecting referral names after Nov. 1.
Last year, the center assisted about 100 families, said Kelly West, center director.
“Santas” are aided in their gift shopping by a wish list filled out from selected families.
“It’s usually clothes and a toy,” West said. “We try to give everybody shoes and a coat.”
The center does also receive cash donations that are used to purchase additional gifts.
Community members will help pass out the gifts during scheduled pick-up times at the school.
If you would like to help provide gifts, call Kelly or Tammy at 824-4184 after Nov. 1.
“We’re taking care of our own families,” West said. “We couldn’t do it without our local churches. Our high school groups and middle school clubs, they all buy into it and help us out. It’s such a warm feeling. It really does make a difference.”