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Monday, December 16, 2013

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Crossville, TN

Oh what fun we had Saturday hosting the 7th Annual Gift Giveaway at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Crossville, TN to needy children in Cumberland County.  This was my first year involved in this and I truly loved the holiday excitement of the workers (about 60 volunteers) as they lead each child thru the store then to the wrapping station and back for lunch, cookies, a visit with Santa, Christmas movies and....a magician (Pastor Lampman), face painting and so much more. No time for the kids to be bored. The kids were in awe at the selection of beautiful gifts available to them.

 I don't have the exact statistics but I believe we had 82 children who could "shop" (select a gift for zero dollars, all donations from the congregation) for a maximum of 10 family members.  I think we gave and wrapped over 600 gifts.
Tables by age group.

Wrapping Station and elves waiting for the kids.

Many tables of gifts all sorted by age and gender.

How about jewelry for Mom, Sister or Grandma?

Ahh, there they are, Pastor Lampman the magician and his wife Linda.

Tubs full of gifts, ready to refill the tables when needed.

I saw that cookie! You cant hide it!
Santa's shoppers and wrappers enjoying a cup of coffee before all the families arrive.

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