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by Mark Cheffey
This year’s Adopt-A-Child program completed another successful year of bringing Christmas cheer to local families in need.
Sponsored by the Palmyra Area Ministerial Alliance, the program last week distributed gifts and food to 37 families including 92 children in the Palmyra R-I and Marion County R-II school districts.
“I’m amazed at the generosity this community shows,” said Susan Schwanke, who coordinated this year’s effort. “We’re so thankful to all the individuals, organizations, churches and businesses who donated money and gifts to make this program a success.”
It has now become a tradition for groups and individuals to adopt individual children and families and take the time to buy and provide gifts to those who sign up for the program.
On Tuesday, the donated items were brought into Farischon Hall where they it was all organized on tables filling the building’s main hall. It included food items donated by County Market stacked up on all the tables.
Then, on Wednesday, families were allowed to come in and pick up their items.
“It really worked out well this way,” said Schwanke, who indicated splitting it up into two days reduced the stress of getting it all organized and distributed.
Schwanke also thanked all the volunteers, many of whom show up every year to help carry in all the items and get it organized for distribution.
“Many of them really enjoy doing this every year,” Schwanke said.