By Wendy Holdren
The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary has been working tirelessly for the past few months gathering items for boxed holiday meals for families in need.
Board member Joy Stokley said the Ladies Auxiliary works all year to collect donations for the project and the shopping takes place in October and November.
Volunteers purchase turkey, ham, veggies and drinks to box up for families to cook throughout the holidays.
Not only have the volunteers been shopping for food, but they also have a wish list for 200 children.
Stokley said the children will get at least three items on their wish list.
Boxed meals and presents will be distributed in mid-December.
The names of children and families are sometimes given by the Salvation Army, local churches and schools. This year, names were sent from the military.
“Part of the people who will be receiving donations are deployed military, so we do it for the families,” Stokley explained. “It fills my heart. It makes you feel wonderful. I don’t think Santa could feel any better.”
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