Holiday Project organizers seek new location, community assistance
After a slow start on the 2009 Holiday Project, the Holiday Project meeting held Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, "went really well," said Executive Director of The Lighthouse Shelter Debbie Wallace.
"We had a great turnout," she said, with about 17 people in attendance.
Having learned that the Holiday Project cannot be held at the Marshall Habilitation Center this year, Wallace has formed a committee to secure a location for the project. She expects the location to be secured by Thursday, Sept. 10.
There is also a committee organizing a food drive and another committee organizing fundraising efforts, said Wallace.
The location won't be the only change for this year's holiday project, Wallace said. She plans to cut down on what was a three- to four-hour wait time for those receiving goods through the program by prepackaging groceries for families of different sizes and forming a separate line for childless families and individuals, who will receive groceries and miscellaneous items.
Organizers have also put together a list of toys in which they felt children would have an interest.
"So many people want to do something, but when you say, 'Buy us a toy,'" they don't know where to start, said Wallace.
Toy donation isn't the only way community members can help with the project, she added. Several bicycles have been donated, and she said that any assistance of people who can put on new tires or fix anything on a bicycle would be welcome.
Plus, "We can always use more volunteers," she said.
Anyone interested in donating time, services or goods can contact Wallace at 660-886-9880.
The Holiday Project's next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at The Lighthouse Shelter's administrative office, 555 W. Arrow St.
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