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Christmas in Our Hometown


 
Photo by Christy Porter
A room full of gifts will become Christmas for many children with the help of Bonnie Hall.

By Christy Porter,
Managing Editor

  Christmas in Our Hometown has been a venue for helping children in need at Christmastime for approximately 20 years. They provide gifts for area children that perhaps would have none, at a time of year when gift-giving is prolific.
  Bonnie Hall has been the coordinator for Christmas in Our Hometown for the past 16 years and has turned generous donations into Christmas joy for countless children and their families, upwards of 95 children last year alone.
  Hall says the funding comes from benevolent businesses and private donations. There are item contributions, but Hall does a lot of the shopping herself. She receives the applications submitted through the Licking United Community Help Center. They will continue accepting applications Thu. Dec. 13 and Fri. Dec. 14, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  The applications request children’s name, age, clothing sizes, if a coat is needed and the toys wished for, among other information. Says Hall, “I usually try to get at least some of the items that are on their list.” While visiting with Hall it definitely sounds like she goes to great lengths to make wishes come true. This charitable giving begins the last of October each year with donation requests being sent to donors. However, Hall is always looking for items that may be perfect for a young one.
  The Christmas bags contain clothing, toys, coats, sometimes shoes, personal hygiene and blankets. It is requested that the receiving family pick up their Christmas; when that is not possible, Dale, Bonnie’s husband helps with a delivery. As the entire Christmas in Our Hometown project is ran out of the Hall home (mainly a guest bedroom), Dale is available to help Bonnie when needed. Sometimes, it’s with a smile, as he looks at the stacks of coats on the dining room table.
  When asked, “When do you have time to do your personal shopping?” Bonnie replies with a smile, “The week before Christmas. We try to make all Hometown deliveries prior to the week before Christmas.”
  Bonnie is grateful for the help of the community and contributors. In return, the community and contributors are grateful to Bonnie for her wonderful Christmas spirit and help in this worthwhile project, as well as to Dale for his assistance.
  If you would like to help with a donation or to adopt a family, feel free to contact Bonnie at 573-674-3764. If she doesn’t answer, she’s probably shopping for that last wish list request.

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