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Wilson County Christmas for All continues its efforts at seeing that every child has something under the tree on Dec. 25, but as always, needs your help.
    
First and foremost, if you are to pick up toys and other items for your family, or to be distributed to a family, you must do so by noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, at the warehouse located at Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon. The warehouse will close for the year on that date.
    
If you have not been contacted by a volunteer with Christmas for All letting you know your items are ready for pick-up, call the organization at 547-1106 to arrange a time to come by and get your toys, games and such.
    
“I think we’re doing well,” said Jim Harding who has long been involved with the organization.
    
Christmas for All so far has received 1,202 applications through the local office of the Department of Human Services, which Harding said is down about 100 from December 2012. In addition, 2,189 children have been served, which is also down a little from 2012 and 184 food baskets have been provided.
    
“We’ve been down just a little,” he said, adding that as the economy improves, requests for assistance decrease.
    
Donations, both monetary and toys and electronics such as mp3 players and games for older children, have been good this year, but Christmas for All can always use more. Harding noted that the organization’s representatives like to begin each season with some toys and other items still on hand and also some funds in the bank so they are not starting over from the beginning every year.
    
Christmas for All continues to work also with the Angel Tree program in Watertown and with Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet which will have its Mother’s Toy Store open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, in the cafeteria at Mt. Juliet Middle School, 3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road.
    
“Wilson County’s always been good,” Harding said, about donating to help families at Christmas time, either through donating money or donating toys or food for seniors who may be in need.
    
If you would like more information about Christmas for All, or if you would like to donate, call 547-1106.
    
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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