Secret Santa needs support

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Don’t let the name of their first big project fool you, the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals want everyone to know what they are trying to do for area youth.

In fact, they hope for lots of community support in its first year taking over the Secret Santa program.

The program had been a Lawrence County staple for years through the Department of Job and Family Services. But budget cuts and staffing changes left that agency unable to continue this project that will provide Christmas for hundreds of youth who wouldn’t have it otherwise.

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But the Young Professionals — a newly formed civic group that consists of community minded individuals under the age of 39 — have their work cut out for them. Normally, DJFS would work on this project months in advance.

The Young Professionals were formed this fall and just adopted this project last month.

So they are hoping for community help in a variety of ways.

These include making a donation, sponsoring an Angel tree, adopting a family, helping wrap and distribute gifts, buying a T-shirt or even just submitting names of those in need.

For more information, call the Chamber office at (740) 377-4550 or organizer Casey Baker at (304) 691-8410.

These young men and women who have risen to this challenge should be commended for their hard work and efforts to this point.

They saw a need in our community and took the initiative to make a difference. Far too often, people are quick to judge the younger generations for not being involved.

That isn’t the case here. The Young Professionals are doing their part. Are your ready to do yours?