Christmas Comes Early For Underprivileged Families

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

The "Christmas spirit" was in the air as volunteers from WBKO, Ashley Furniture Homestore, Flora Templeton Stuart and the Salvation Army teamed up.

"Christmas for the Children" hosted underprivileged children and their families for a dinner and holiday party, complete with gifts.

The 50 families selected for the dinner are mainly single parents who otherwise might not be able to afford Christmas gifts.

It was Christmas come early for these Warren County families.

Dianna Collins knew she was bringing her five-year-old son, Devon, to the Christmas dinner for underprivileged families, but she didn't anticipate everything else her son would receive.

"I thought it was just going to be a dinner and Santa for the kids," Collins said.

Eleven-year-old Daisha Long's mom didn't tell her anything about the holiday dinner.

"She said we were coming to an Angel Tree party," Long said.

But Long and the other children were treated to a lot more.

An interactive telling of "The Christmas Story," which Devon got to play Joseph in, and a special guest who calls the North Pole his home.

Then Santa and his helpers gave each child their Christmas presents.

Then it was all about tearing their new toys open.

Long was pleased with the gifts she got.

"American Idol microphone, some outfits, jewelry," Long recalled.

Collins is happy that her son will now be able to have a proper Christmas.

"It's really good because some people don't have the money and it was wonderful for the families to get here," Collins said.

The children's gifts ranged from what they wanted, to what they needed the most.

Event coordinators say they would like to make this an annual event.


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