Secret Santa brings joy to children locally

Dear Editor:

The Rotary Club of Barnwell County sponsors the Secret Santa Program each year as one of our service projects. This is our 21st year of sponsoring this wonderful program which could not be successful without the help of our community. Secret Santa serves many needy families who would otherwise not be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

The applications are available through DSS and are due by November 9th, 2017. DSS screens each applicant and provides a list of children ages 2-10 who qualify.

Sponsors purchase toys for a needy child for around $50.00. They are then delivered to one of our area banks or to the Hagood Avenue Gym, 770 Hagood Ave., Barnwell by December 13th. A wish list will be provided for each child.

There are so many wonderful quotes about the benefits of giving to others. One of my favorites is from the late Mohammed Ali…. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” This certainly applies when you consider a child who may go without at Christmas but for you, your Church or your business. It is said that Christmas is a time for giving. For the price of an evening out, you can bring joy to a child and a family in need.

For more information or to receive a child’s name and wish list contact any of the numbers listed below:

Mike Beasley, 803-284-5771, Lisa Firmender 541-1249, Lynn McEwen 259-3266, or Rhonda McElveen 259-8640

Mike Beasley,

President

Barnwell County

Rotary Club