Thursday, December 6, 2007
Clydesdale hands out checks
By SUE WATSON
The Clydesdale Christmas Store, founded by Brenda and Ronnie Luther 13 years ago to provide gifts to children, wrote two checks last week to say “thank you.”
The Family Support Group of the Holly Springs Unit of the Mississippi National Guard received a check for $1,000 to share with some 58 families involved with Detachment 1, Company A. The money will be used for a Christmas banquet and to buy toys for the children of soldiers.
The Town of Byhalia received a check for its support of the Byhalia Clydesdale Festival, a major fund-raiser for the store.
“This is going to make Santa this Christmas,” said Sgt. James Hamblin, with Company A.
Two soldiers are deployed and two are getting ready to be deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to Staff Sgt. Keary Jetton, with the Detachment.
“The worst part is being away from the family,” Hamblin said. “You can get used to everything else but that.”
Soldiers with Company A spent 18 months in Iraq several years ago.
Christmas for children is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 at the National Guard Armory in Holly Springs, according to Brenda Luther. Families selected by area churches and schools to receive gifts and clothes this year will begin their visits with Santa at 9:30 a.m. at the armory, she said.
As families wait their turn with Santa, they will be served refreshments, courtesy the Christmas Store. Coloring books for children to play with while they wait are donated by members of the Marshall County Soil Conservation Service, Luther said.
The Clydesdale Christmas Store accepts donations year around and provides toys and clothing to families in Marshall, Benton and DeSoto counties.
To send a tax-deductible donation, make checks payable to the Clydesdale Christmas Store. Mail checks in care of Brenda Luther, 843 Peyton Road, Holly Springs, MS 39635.
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