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Do you know a child in need? Or will your own child possibly go without toys this Christmas? An unprecedented communitywide effort is under way to help.
Flagler Christmas Angels is a collaborative effort of more than 20 organizations, including churches and other agencies, to provide assistance during the holiday season. The goal is to collect into one database the names of all children in need and to provide to provide each one with Christmas gifts, toys and/or clothes and not to duplicate services.
“It’s really amazing to see the partners come together and provide for the whole county,” said Dorothy Sperber, Flagler County Toys for Tots coordinator. "This really doesn’t happen in other counties.”
Flagler Christmas Angels will hold registration for Flagler County families beginning Oct. 4. The project is open to all Flagler children in need, birth to 17. Registrations will be held at various sites throughout Flagler County. Although most registrations are at school sites, children do not need to attend those schools to be registered on that date. The locations were chosen for their central location, said Katrina Townsend, coordinator for Christmas Angels and director of student services for Flagler County Public Schools.
Although Flagler Schools is a major partner, Townsend noted that with so many organizations involved, Christmas Angels is really a community project.
“I think one of the things that I am seeing as we continue to take in partners is that Flagler is a very generous community,” Townsend said. “The more partners that will give us their names or take children from the list it really makes the resources go a lot further.”
Roseanne Stocker, chairperson for Flagler Rotary Club’s Project Share, said that the database is not only important to make sure all children are provided for, but also to bring comfort to donors.
"It’s important that the donors who give at Christmas can feel confident that they are really giving to someone in need rather than a family that is not already being provided for — that their donations are going to the best possible use," she said. "Especially in this economy when a lot of times the donors are in need themselves, but they have a giving spirit.”
For more information or to become a partner/provider, contact Townsend at 437-7526, Ext. 2300, or TownsendK@flaglerschools.com.
Registration Days and Sites
4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.4 Carver Community Center
4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 Rymfire Elementary School
4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 Old Kings Elementary School
5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 Bunnell Elementary School
4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 Government Services Building
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 Belle Terre Elementary School
4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 Wadsworth Elementary School
Bring a photo ID and proof of address. Must be a Flagler County resident.
Flagler County Public Schools, Flagler County Education Foundation, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, Junior Medical Reserve Corp, Eagle’s Nest Storage, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Light House Bible Church, Hammock Dunes Club, Anchor Boat Club, Belk, city of Palm Coast, Christmas Come True, Palm Coast Evangel Church, Parkview Baptist Church, Flagler Rotary Clubs: Project Share, Flagler County Chamber of Commerce & Affiliates, Flagler Beach Yacht Club, Austin Outdoor, Florida Oral and Facial Surgical Associates: Operation Changing Lives, Fabulous Females, Family Life Center, Santa Maria del Mar Church, Palm Coast Women’s Club, Grace Community Ministries, Shop with a Deputy, DSC Culinary Club and a host of private individuals.
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- i am on my 4th chemo treatment right now. i am unable to work.i don't even have 1 present for my kids. they are over 18 and still live at home with me,my son is 28 with a disability( blood disorder) and my daughter is 25 and is in college. i just want to give at least one gift each, right now i have no medical insurance and i recieve calls ever day for payment for medical bills.i just do not have it this christmas.please help if you can. if not do you know of anyone
- I have 2 children. A 7 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. I missed sign up for gifts for children in need in Flagler county because up until about a month ago, I thought I'd have the extra money for Christmas gifts for my kids. But hours started to get cut at work and I haven't had money to buy my children anything and I don't see having any money before Christmas. I've taken a pay cut of about $400 a month. I'm a single mother, starting school in January and I'm just trying so hard to make a better life for my children. I normally don't like to ask for help because I'm so focused on taking care of myself financially. All I ask is if anyone could help me with presents so my kids will have gifts under the tree this year. Thank you so much. My phone number is 386-264-1898.
- i need help getting christmas gifts for my two grandchildren that i have cust. of. i am on a fixed income and it is very hard at christmas. i was in the hospital when we had to register so i hope that you can help. one is a boy 12 and one is a girl 9. thank you phone # is 3862468765.
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