Donations of gifts, groceries and cash will help about 600 families this Christmas through the Department of Children and Family Services’ annual Gift Giving program.
Community groups and individuals donated dozens of wrapped gifts, gift cards and baskets of groceries to be given out to families, children and the elderly who receive government assistance.
Cassandra Parchment of the DCFS said in a press release, “It is easy to get wrapped in the commercialism of this time of year and we are so thankful to the community who have the sense of giving and empathy. It’s the people who give to us who make this absolutely possible.
“It’s been a part of the DCFS for many years,” she said. “It really came to fruition after Hurricane Ivan when a large amount of people reached out to give to those in need and it has continued to this day.”