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By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

   Volunteers are accepting applications for Christmas in April, an effort that spruces up the homes of those who aren’t able to afford it themselves.
   “This is our 19th year, and we’re very excited about doing some good in the community,” said President Sue Gregory.
   Gregory met Thursday with other volunteers to get the wheels turning on this year’s project, which is scheduled for April 20.
   The elderly and the disabled are prime candidates for Christmas in April, those who, because of circumstances beyond their control, aren’t able to make the necessary repairs to their property.
   Over the years, Christmas in April volunteers, who come from all facets of the community, have fixed faulty heaters as well as roofs and doors. They’ve installed dozens of handicapped-accessible ramps.
“We are glad to have any volunteers, but skilled laborers are always a plus,” said Treasurer Kim McRee. Christmas in April volunteers have repaired more than 300 houses to the tune of more than $300,000. Last year volunteers repaired 15 houses.
   “Stewart Thomas, who was mill manager at Newsprint South at the time, was responsible for us getting involved,” Gregory said.
   Donations come from individuals, churches, civic clubs and businesses. All the money raised goes to help those in need in Grenada, according to McRee.
   “Our goal is to provide a warm,safe and dry environment that will enable people to live independently and in safety,” McRee said.
   To make a recommendation or to find out more about Christmas in April, call (662) 417-6210 or (662) 809-2280, or e-mail kim_mcree@yahoo.com or sue@cbgrenada.com.


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