Community raises 25k to send kids Christmas shopping

12:19 AM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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For 57 years the Fentress County community has rallied around it's neediest children during the holiday season by sponsoring a Christmas shopping spree for local children.

The event continues to grow and this Sunday 300 kids got the chance to spend $60 each at area businesses.

Most of the money, according to coordinator Faye Stephens, is raised during a locally-broadcasted two hour radio fundraiser.

"We raise $27,000 to $30,000 a year, and we're a community of eighteen thousand," says Stephens.

They also use the money to help defray cost of living expenses for children battling cancer, as well as financially supporting local families in crisis.

Next week they'll take another wave of older children on their own shopping trip.

Just after daylight, dozens of the younger kips loaded on to school buses with their assigned chaperones.

Each bus made stops at Walgreens, Tractor Supply Co., Walmart, and the Dollar Store.

Let loose to shop, you might expect the kids to stock their own stockings first.

But most of the children have family in mind, using their money to pick out presents for parents and siblings.

It's one of the most precious Christmas lessons- 'tis better to give, than to receive.

And thanks to the community's goodwill, this year more than 300 children will get to do both.

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