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More than 300 teens and children will have presents to open on Christmas morning thanks to The United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties.
The Christmas Holiday Help was started a few years ago, after The United Way recognized an unmet need in the area for children 12 and older or for families who missed the sign up deadlines for the other organizations giving programs.
"We really have had an influx of names, last year we had 180 children and this year we have 314,” Resource Development Director and 211 Call Center Manager, Audrey Foster said. “We have closed the application process, so right now our need is looking for those who would either adopt a teen, or possibly give a money donation."
With numbers nearly doubling for children in need this year, The United Way and People's Bank have come up with a colorful way to raise money . . . selling hand drawn Christmas cards.
“They are lovely cards, they are pictures drawn by children and some right from this area. In fact, one little boy who is 8 years old from Zanesville and they are really cute little cards. We thought that we would just sell those as just kind of an incentive to help our Christmas Holiday Help,"
You can buy these cards at The United Way and People's Bank. They are 5 dollars for a pack of 6 or 1 dollar each. The deadline to donate or to adopt a teen is December 13th. For more information call The United Way at its 211 Call Center or 454-2255.