’Tis the season to give. Below is a list of ways in which you can help others in Letcher County this holiday season.
• 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 15. Santa and his helpers will deliver the gifts at a Christmas party on December 23. For more information, call 633- 1434.
• Letcher County Drug Court — Participants of drug court are collecting unwrapped gifts for six children. The girls are 1 1/2, 5, 8 and 15. The boys are 7 and 13. Presents are to be delivered to Letcher County Drug Court located at 50 East Main Street in Whitesburg by Dec. 18. Call 633-8925 for 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 several Letcher County families. Each year teachers and employees of Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) suggest 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 13, call 633-3491.
• God’s Love From a Diaper Bag — Bessie and Lester McPeek, of Jenkins, give diapers to more than 200 families each month. They are always in need of diapers, onezies, and baby blankets. Gifts for teenagers are also needed. Toys, diapers and other baby supplies can be dropped off 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 today (Wednesday) at the Whitesburg Walmart. Troopers choose children they have met during the previous year from Letcher, Knott, Leslie, Perry and Breathitt counties. Last year’s event cost more than $9,000. Seventy six children were able to spend $125 apiece during the winter shopping spree. Monetary 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.
• Letcher County Food Pantry — The food pantry is in need of food all year long. 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.
• 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. Donations 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 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.