>Community supports Gateway Youth through Adopt-A-Child for Christmas

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Many companies in Darke County celebrated the Christmas Spirit as they rounded up committees and shoppers and played Santa’s little helpers, to make sure close to 60 youth received gifts this year during the holidays.

Special contributions were made by GTI which made all their children’s’ wish lists come true by granting ALL wishes, no wish was too big for them! Whirlpool went out of their way to make sure they did not leave any child out and helped over 20 children in need. Curves of Greenville staff and members gathered enough money to purchase a new bike for a child who did not have one and were excited to hear what the child had said Christmas morning. Webster Methodist Women’s Group committed to help a family not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.

Sterling House donated cooking utensils, food and cleaning supplies in addition to toys and clothes for children. They made the child’s wish of baking cookies with Mom come true by and additional donation of cookie mixes and frosting items to decorate them.

The full list of companies contributing were Whirlpool, GTI, Sterling House, Boots and Saddles, Curves of Greenville, Second National Bank, Member’s Choice Credit Union, Wright Family, Vaughn Family, Cardinal Ethanol in Union City, Pitsburg Trinity Lutheran Church, and Webster United Methodist Women’s Group.

Parents shared thank you cards, hugs and tears as they picked up the enormous amount of wrapped gifts for their children. We cannot say enough thanks to the support of our community; many children in need had a wonderful Christmas this year because of these wonderful groups!

For more information about the Gateway Youth Program and their services for youth 5 to 17 years old, call Kelly Harrison at 937-548-8002 at the Council on Rural Services office.

Council on Rural Services… programs for innovative learning is a non-profit human service agency that provides education, support, and volunteer services through the Gateway Youth Programs, WIA Youth Program, Achievement Center for Educational Success, Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, and HandsOn West Central Ohio in their nine county service area. For more information you can check the Web site at http://www.councilonruralservices.org/, also become a fan of Council on Rural Services on Facebook and see all the interesting activities.

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