Thursday, September 15, 2011
Clydesdale going to Smithville
By SUE WATSON
This year The Clydesdale Christmas Store will be hitting the road to Smithville, the small town completely devastated by a tornado on April 27.
The effort to assist families who have lost everything is a repeat of the Christmas Store that went to Waveland six years ago, according to store founders Brenda and Ronnie Luther. Hurricane Katrina wiped out that Gulf Coast community in August 2005.
“This will only be our second time to go out of town,” Ronnie Luther said. “There’s nothing there. The mayor’s office is in a FEMA trailer. It’s a very small community. There is no business, no grocery stores. The town was just wiped out. They don’t have anything but a tiny barbecue place that set up after the tornados.”
“Families lost everything. We have met with Mayor Greg Kennedy and his assistant, Michelle Bond. They are very excited about our coming to help the families of Smithville.”
Bond said the help is much needed and will make a difference in Smithville this Christmas season.
“Immediately after the tornado we received an out-pouring of help; however, three months later families are still struggling to cope with their loss and the holidays will be a sad time for everyone,” Bond said. “What The Christmas Store wants to do for us will bring happiness and joy to so many, who otherwise would not have a Christmas this year.”
The Clydesdale Store plans on having a holiday dinner for the families; Santa will give toys to the children; and a special gift will be given to the parents.
“We also plan on helping some of the elderly in our area as well,” Luther said.
The Clydesdale Store will hold an appreciation dinner for the National Guard troops and their families, and they will carry clothing to Trinity Mission in Byhalia and Holly Springs – about 50 residents in all who do not have families. All the rest will go to providing for Smithville.
But fund-raising is crucial in order to provide this gift to Smithville and the Christmas Store is accepting donations and/or participation in fund-raising events.
A golf tournament is being held at Cherokee in Olive Branch September 22 to raise money. Anyone interested in playing may contact Ronnie Luther for an entry form by calling 662-274-4862.
Those wanting to make a donation to the store to help provide gifts to the families of Smithville may mail it to Clydesdale Christmas Store, 843 Peyton Road, Holly Springs, MS, 38635.
“The Good You Do For Others Is The Good You Do For Yourself” is the motto for the Christmas Store. Remember others by participating in this year’s fund-raisers or by making a donation to help the families in Smithville.
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