By REGGIE ROSS
Christmas will come early this year for some residents in Grenada, and in its 24th year, Christmas in April volunteers continue to work to assure warmth and stability to local homes.
This year’s day for renovations is set for April 21.
Christmas in April Treasurer Kim McRee said only a few applications have been submitted, and they need more as the deadline approaches. McRee said Christmas in April wants to have a number of applications by March, so the group can know where they stand.
“We know they’re out there,” McRee said. “We need more applications from qualified homeowners, particularly the elderly. They’re on a fixed income, and that’s who we’re focused on helping.”
Christmas in April is an initiative supported by local churches and other people of good will that brings together volunteers to help repair homes.
The clients who receive help are chosen by a 13-member board representing churches, businesses and civic clubs throughout the city.
“It’s a privilege to offer this service to the community each year, and the value we add, and the good will we spread, goes beyond paint and porches and roofs,” said Christmas in April Treasurer Kim McRee.
Christmas in April Chairman Sue Gregory said professionals are needed like plumbers, electricians and construction workers, but anyone who can swing a hammer or use a paint brush is more than welcome.
“No special skills are required,” said Gregory. “Just a willingness to help. One of the things that we always need is volunteers, so we’re also reaching out to them.”
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