Photo: William Sperin

Photo: William Sperin

(Cleveland)- It’s going to be a brighter Christmas for lots of children in White County thanks to the efforts of those who worked and contributed to the Annual White Christmas  Program.  The program sponsored by White County Family Connection has been headed up the past several years by Annette Boswell.

 Family Connection Coordinator, Cheyenne Thornton said it was a very successful community program with all families being adopted, “ They are adopted by  like,  Helen Police Department, the First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, just random people will come in and want to adopt families and they will buy all these gifts for them, “ commented Thornton. 

The pickup day for the gifts was Thursday and  Thornton said it was very successful – it began at 10:00 a.m. with a line out the door of people at the pickup location, White County School Central Office!  A total of 274 families representing some 700 children were served by the program.  

We had Board of Education employees, the school Superintendent, community volunteers, high school students all helping to check people in and run and grab the bags!  

It’s so cool to see the community come together to help said Thornton, “ just the fact that we have all these people in the community coming together wanting to sponsor families and we have all these outside volunteers coming, like Masons, they kinda handled all the finances this year, so they are doing all the record keeping and all of that.”