If Thomasville realized the need ...
More than 300 children in need of clothing for Christmas were referred to Fairgrove Family Resource Center through its Gifts from the Heart program. More than 100 remain unadopted and may not receive items of necessity or enjoyment if the Chair City community does not step up.
"We're struggling trying to help the kids with the greatest need," said Terri Nelson, executive director of Fairgrove Family Resource Center. "They're all Thomasville City School children, Brier Creek, Fair Grove, all of our local kids. Every single child in here was referred to us by the schools. Each shopping list identifies what that child wears and what their wants are. There is wrapping paper inside, so the parent can just come and get the presents to wrap."
Nelson has spearheaded this project for the last 11 years — Fairgrove has been doing it for more than 15 — and believes if individuals from Thomasville truly realize the need, her phone would ring off the hook.
Unfortunately, little time remains. Long before children can discover gifts under the tree, purchases must be completed. If the parents of any of the sponsored children cannot be reached via telephone, the Resource Center delivers the presents to the local schools for distribution.
The Resource Center requests that Gifts from the Heart purchases or donations be made by Dec. 10.
To sponsor a child or more information, call Nelson at 472-7217. To make a donation toward the effort, mail a check to Fairgrove Family Resource Center at 159 Myrtle Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360.
"If people don't want to go and do the shopping, some bring the money and we do the shopping," Nelson said. "I've been doing this for 11 years, and I've never seen anything like it. The program has to be completed before school dismisses for Christmas. We don't want a child to wake up on Christmas morning without gifts. I am really worried about these children not getting what they need."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.