Something under the tree

Christmas assistance programs help parents give children a great day
By Caroline Klapper | Nov 12, 2012
Photo by: Caroline Klapper From left to right Elizabeth Sherrill, Laura Tragesser and Kathy Holmes stand next to the Project Christmas Love tree they put up at Mountain 1st Bank in Waynesville. People can take a tag from the tree and buy items to give to a child for Christmas.

Most people greet the holidays with a sense of excitement and good cheer, but for some parents, this time of year is a source of worry and stress, wondering if they will be able to afford to give their children anything on Christmas morning.

It’s a question no parent should have to face, said Lisa James, executive director of Haywood Christian Ministry. Fortunately, HCM and several other agencies in the county, including The Salvation Army and the Department of Social Services, work year after year to ensure every child has something under the tree on Christmas morning.

For James, HCM’s Project Christmas Love isn’t about getting children the latest toy or some expensive gadget as a gift, it’s really all about giving a child happy Christmas memories.

“Christmas is such a tremendous part of a child’s life. If we can work to give them a good one, we should,” she said. “This is such a big, worthwhile thing.”

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