Want to help the needy this Christmas? Here's how
• Letcher Manor Nursing Home - Pick a name from the Christmas tree at the nursing home and buy a resident a gift he or she wants. The gifts may include robes, nightgowns, slippers or purses. Presents must be delivered to the nursing home located at 73 Piedmont Drive, Whitesburg by December 19. Santa and his helpers will deliver the gifts at a Christmas party on December 20. For more information, call 633-1434.
• Tree of Hope - There are still a few names left on the Tree of Hope located at the Cabinet for Families and Children. Buy clothes and toys for children who might not otherwise receive items on their wish list. Take presents to the Social Services office located at 415 Highway 2034, Whitesburg by December 17. For more information, call Glenda Banks at 633-0191.
• Koats for Kids - Have your children grown out of their coats and you don't know what to do with them? Donate coats to children who may not have a warm winter coat. The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class at Whitesburg Middle School is collecting new and used coats. Coats can be dropped off at Mountain Medical Equipment Inc., Allstate Insurance Company, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, the main branch of Whitaker Bank, and WMS. The last day to donate a coat is December 19. Call 633-2761 for more information.
• Emergency Aid for Children - Short on cash but still want to help make someone's holiday brighter? Emergency Aid for Children, founded by former Letcher County resident Mary Martin Hendrian, her husband Jim Hendrian and her cousins Henry and Janet Madden of Isom, is in need of many volunteers to help unload Christmas presents for 34 Letcher County families. Each year teachers and employees of Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) suggest names of families that need an extra boost at the holiday season. Families where the Hendrians live in Lavonia, Mich., buy gifts for specific families in Letcher County. Usually two tractor-trailer trucks haul the gifts to Letcher County. To help unload gifts from the trucks to a storage location on December 16, call 633-3491.
• God's Love From a Diaper Bag - Bessie and Lester McPeek, of Jenkins, give diapers to 200 families each month. They are always in need of diapers, onezies, and baby blankets. During the next two weeks they will be providing Christmas presents for 26 Letcher County families, some of which receive diapers from the McPeeks. Employees of the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) also requested 10 specific families to receive Christmas gifts. Toys, diapers and other baby supplies can be dropped of at God's Love From a Diaper Bag, which is located at 9757 Highway 805, Main Street, Jenkins. For more information, call 832-4008.
• Shop with a Cop - Kentucky State Police Troopers from Post 13 in Hazard will help underprivileged children shop for toys, clothing and shoes on December 13 at the Whitesburg Wal-Mart. Troopers choose children they have met during the previous year from Letcher, Knott, Leslie, Perry and Breathitt counties. Last year's event cost over $10,000. Eighty-one children were able to spend $125 apiece during the winter shopping spree. Donations can be mailed to Kentucky State Police Professional Association, District #13 Shop with a Cop, 100 Justice Drive, Hazard, KY 41701. For more information, call Trooper Tony Watts at 606- 435-6069.
• Mountain Harvest Food Drive - WYMT and area community action agencies are helping feed families in 10 eastern Kentucky counties: Letcher, Leslie, Knott, Perry, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, Clay, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Drop off non-perishable food at the Letcher County LKLP office, Neon IGA, Jenkins IGA or Whitesburg Food World. December 20 is the last day to donate items for the food drive.
• Letcher County Food Pantry - The food pantry is in need of food all year long. Monetary donations are needed to be able to provide vouchers for milk, bread and cheese. Drop off donations at 204 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg. Call 633-8919 for more information. The food pantry is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. until December 15. After December 15, the food pantry will be open from noon until 3 p.m.
• Dreamland Animal Rescue - Don't forget about animals in Letcher County who need help. Donate dry dog and cat food, scoopable cat litter, dog and cat treats, bags of cedar chips or wood chips. Monetary donations are needed to help pay veterinary and travel expenses. For a minimum donation of $5 you can sponsor a pet and the money will go to help care for that pet. The sponsors will be sent a picture and story of the animal they sponsor and can receive e-mail updates if they wish.
Foster homes are needed to help get more pets ready for permanent homes. Foster families care for dogs or cats in their homes and help transport them to the veterinarian and adoption fairs. They also usually will provide food for the pet and the animal rescue pays for their veterinary care.
Adopt a pet. For more information call 633-0050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Dreamland Animal Rescue's website at www.dreamlandrescue.org. Donation can be mailed to P.O. Box 249, Ermine, KY 41815.
• Pawz and Clawz Humane Society - Donate money to help care for abandoned animals in Letcher County. For more information, call Dana Outlaw at 633- 3337 or Susan Caudill at 633- 2286.
If there is a Christmas charity that will benefit Letcher County residents that was not listed above, email email@example.com.