ASHE COUNTY —Gifts for more than 800 Ashe County children were distributed Tuesday, Dec. 8 by the Ashe County Children’s Christmas Project.
Each year, nearly $100,000 is spent providing children in Ashe County with Christmas gifts such as bicycles, books and board games with the help of community members who purchased the gifts and approximately 25 local churches and organizations who assisted with wrapping last week.
Volunteers also helped organize the presents into the gym of Ashe Family Central on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s distribution day.
Ashe County Commissioner Gary Roark was among the volunteers who came out on Tuesday and for him, helping with the project is important as an elected official.
“I think if you’re elected as a commissioner to try to serve the county and this is a county wide thing that’s been organized for years, they should come up here and volunteer a day or two,” Roark said.
Roark, who has volunteered for three years now, helped several families load gifts into their cars including Dylan Turnmire, who was thrilled with his new bike.
According to project volunteer Linda Blackburn, there was a rush of people early in the day resulting in long lines but many were still overjoyed with the help they received from the project.
Blackburn, who has volunteered for more than 20 years, says distribution day is always her favorite part of the experience since she has grown to know many of the families and seeing their excitement brings her happiness.
“I know these families by now and this is been great,” Blackburn said. “It’s just been wonderful.”
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.