Santa, also known as Blackie Blackmore, hands out treats Saturday to children at the helmet drive in front of Westlake Ace Hardware. Soldiers for Christ members were also stationed in front of Best Market and the south Dollar General. Daily Leader photo/Jessica Crawford
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
For the past two weekends, Soldiers for Christ have been standing in the cold at three locations with their helmets in hand. The annual helmet drive allows the Soldiers for Christ to raise funds for local individuals that otherwise would not have much of a Christmas.
Nancy Miller of Soldiers for Christ said the helmet drive has went very well. After visiting with families throughout the past week, the biggest need around, she said, are beds.
“So far, we have visited families that need beds,” Miller said. “We need 10 beds so far, with bedding. We need all kinds of donations.”
Last year alone, Soldiers for Christ spent $4,200 for the Christmas season and $4,400 throughout the entire year.
Miller said help from the entire community is what will ensure those less fortunate will have a merry Christmas as well.
“We particularly want to thank Tim and Jammie Ingram who run Sign Express behind the bowling alley,” she said. “They donated our signs and we really appreciate them. We have had some people donate wrapping paper, tape and batteries.”
Maurice’s clothing store has also jumped on board, Miller said.
“Maurice’s took 14 of our names and put them on an angel tree,” she said. “There are tags that are for one toy or one outfit. Participants will receive 20 percent off when they bring in a wrapped gift.”
Miller said the cut-off date for donating gifts will be on Dec. 1. At 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10, they will be wrapping the gifts at Trinity Faith Church. Soldiers for Christ will then deliver the gifts on Dec. 11.
“Anyone is welcome to join us,” she said. “And if you don’t want to wrap, you can stuff stockings or sort groceries. We are so thankful for any help we can get. We appreciate everyone.”
For further information regarding donations, contact Nancy Miller at 624-6227 or 655-5564.