DHS want to make Christmas bright for area families

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 28, 2003

Again this year, employees of the Lawrence County Department of Human Services is taking on the role of Santa Claus hoping to make Christmas brighter for needy families.

Human Services employee Debbie Drummond said the employees have the names of 238 families who have requested assistance this holiday season. She is hoping the community will pitch in and donate the toys and other gifts to help these needy families through the Secret Santa program.

"Operation Be Proud did this the last two or three years. Last year, they helped 200 families, and human services employees helped more than 30 families. But since Operation be Proud is no longer there, we're trying to absorb those requests."

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So far, both Wendy's restaurants and the Symmes Valley Beta Club have agreed to partner with human services employees in the Secret Santa program. Drummond said she hopes other groups will follow suit.

The Ironton store has a collection container in its dining room. Wendy's will give a coupon to any customer who donates a toy.

Drummond said those who want to help may donate cash or gifts by calling the DHS at 532-3324, extension 242.