“Joy to the World, the Lord is come, let Earth receive her king.”
The Christmas season finds us rejoicing in the great gift of God’s love, as it is revealed in the birth of Christ, our Savior. The true spirit of this glorious holiday is about remembering that bright star which shone over Bethlehem so many years ago, and out of gratitude for our beloved redeemer, we should celebrate his birthday by worshipping Him, giving and not receiving, and being especially conscious of those in need."For many, the holidays are a happy time of family and friends,” said Gary Whitaker, “but unfortunately for many more, it is a time of struggling to bring holiday cheer in the economic downturn that continues to have a grip on us.”
“Originally Shop With the Cop,” Gary recalled, “Shelia Lowhorn and I took over the charity event after the police officers realized they didn’t have enough time or volunteers to help out with the program, which we renamed Santa’s Helpers in 2005.”
According to Gary, thanks to Macon Helps sponsorship they have continued to raise a tremendous amount of money during the year, with several businesses, individuals and organizations also graciously donating to the county-wide endeavor.
Once again, on Wednesday, December 14th, Macon Helps/Santa’s Helpers spread the spirit of the holidays to 324 children area children, whose families needed assistance. Parents picked up toys, clothes and other Christmas surprises for their children at the Sally Wells Building, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds, here in Lafayette.
“We raised over $5,000 in the annual Toy Run and Santa’s Helpers roadblock,” noted Whitaker, “along with cash donations, including coats and toys from Christina Chambers as well.”
“The spirit of Christmas is taking the time to show people that you truly care,” said Christina. “To embrace the true meaning of the holidays you show be willing to give of yourself, your time and your love. Do not think of the gifts that you give to others as an obligation but think of it as symbol of your love during the most wonderful time of the year.”
“Macon Help also distributes food baskets, along with the toy drive,” said Valerie Reid, “and we do our best to help as many families as we possibly can. We would also like to express our gratitude to Doug Holder (Indigo Blues) for helping us with clothes for all the children.”
This time of the year if a wonderful opportunity for everyone to help those who are less fortunate and Macon Helps/Santa’s Helpers would like to thank everyone who had a hand in this project including: Indigo Blues, Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club, NCTC, local churches, Cash Express, Ben Bray, private individuals, and Joe & his guys from the Justice Center.
The Macon Helps board members include: Reba Bellar, Gaye Chamberlain, Sheila Lowhorn, Carol Kempf, Julia Burrows, Kathy Cothron, Gary Whitaker, Faye Fitzpatrick, Wanda O’Donoghue, Jason Draper, Bobby Sircy, Frank Collins, Barbara Frye, and Julie Summers.