Smiles were a big part of the Santa Pal program Saturday morning at the old First Baptist Church building, 204 N. Main St.
Barbara Burtchell , chairman of the Temple Kiwanis Club outreach, said the community joined in providing Christmas gifts for 365 children in 172 families. Kiwanis Club members and a host of other volunteers, some of them wearing Santa caps or reindeer antlers, passed out bags of footballs, toy trucks, coloring books, doll houses and teddy bears.
“I really have a lot of volunteers,” Burtchell said, from PSI, Carlson Law Firm and the Junior League of Bell County. “They all shopped and are here volunteering. That enabled us to fill a lot of these bags.”
“The biggest thing is the Christmas spirit of the community, looking out for these kids, and people being willing to accept a little help so their kids can have a better Christmas,” he said. “The community has been very generous.”
Fay Grenier and Jennifer Duran, both employees at PSI, said they’ve volunteered with Santa Pal several times.
“It’s a great opportunity to help,” Grenier said. “I love seeing people come in, especially when they have their kids and they’re so excited.”
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