358 families and 736 kids, that’s how many people were able to be helped by Marshfield Community Christmas this year.
“it was a great time, I just want to thank everybody. You know, we had over a 100 volunteers at different times. The people and the businesses in this town, they’re great, everybody came together to help a neighbor. Again, this is not a handout, it’s a nice Christmas gift,” says volunteer organizer George Earle.
Earle says it was a close call this year with donations down, but a delivery from the Marshfield Police Department made the difference.
“The police department came in like a champ there with their Humvee full of gifts. It was a close call, the last family we helped was at a quarter ‘til 10 that night.”
Earle says each child receives 3 or 4 gifts, and the family a gift card towards their Christmas dinner. If they need a tree, or a warm coat, Marshfield Christmas will also help.
The organization is run completely by volunteers and depends on donations to help provide for their families.
Marshfield Community Christmas was founded in 1979 as an effort to help needy and lonely members of the community by giving them new toys, small gifts and food certificates in the hopes of making Christmas a little more joyful. Visit http://www.marshfieldcommunitychristmas.com for more information.