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Bella Garrett, 6 (from left), the Rev. Elizabeth Wheatley-Jones, rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, and Patrick Manuele, 11, stock toys for the St. Nicholas Treasure Chest at the Ashley Furniture Home Store on Wednesday. Staff photo / Galen Holley
 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

   Toys and volunteers are still needed as the St. Nicholas Treasure Chest prepares to make Christmas a special time for needy youngsters in Grenada County.
   One thousand children ages 3-11 are on the shopping list this year, and volunteers, called elves, are fanning out all over town to gather the goodies.
   “Things are coming along nicely, but we can always use more help as well as more toys and more monetary donations,” said Program Chairperson Mary Duncan Hall.
   The students at Kirk Academy are among many Grenada citizens who contributed toys to this year’s Treasure Chest.
   “It’s really a community effort,” said Hall.
   On Dec. 13, parents who have registered will have the chance to enter the National Guard Armory in shifts and shop for their little ones. Each parent will have a card that they received after their child was deemed eligible. Children were screened through their pre-school programs and the Grenada School District.
   The gifts won’t be wrapped, so parents can literally shop, perusing the gifts and deciding what’s best for their children.

   For complete details, read the print edition or subscribe to the online edition of the GrenadaStar.


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