The ninth annual Montgomery “Christmas for Kids” is coming up and organizers are inviting the community out to share in a meal and fellowship on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Auburn Hosiery Mill directly following the Auburn Christmas parade.
“We are so excited to still be able to host this event for the community,” said Gayle Montgomery Gregory. “We began years ago very small because our family wanted to do something for the kids in our town. It has grown over the years, so much we can hardly believe it.”
There will be a meal served and kids can sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Each child will receive a gift. If you live in the city of Auburn, you can present proof of your residency and be entered into a drawing for big prizes that include a bicycle, X-Box, etc. However, all children that attend will get at least one gift and can enjoy a meal.
“Everyone that comes will be fed and get a present,” aid Gregory. “We will not leave any little one out. That is the reason for the event. We try to reach the local area around Auburn, Chandlers and Cave Spring but if people want to come from other places we will not turn them away,” said Gregory reiterating that this is for children and adults.
Gregory said this event could not be a reality if it were not for the many people who help throughout the year and the volunteers to help on the event day.
“We really appreciate the RV Woodard Family of Pleasant View Farms for allowing us to use the building. If we didn’t have that building we wouldn’t be able to have it our Christmas for Kids,” said Gregory.
The event is worked on throughout the year and organizers begin right after Christmas shopping for the next year’s event.
“We do it all year long and look for those after Christmas sales to prepare for next year,” Gregory added.
Gregory said Christmas is a time when everyone should be able to receive the love and kindness the season brings with it and she and members of her family are dedicated to making sure that happens for as many in the Auburn area as they can.
Last year there were almost 1,000 in attendance. Gregory credits Auburn’s businesses, farmers and individuals who donate to fund the event.
“This is made possible by all the giving people in this community. Its because of the farmers, businesses and citizens that this is a growing event,” said Gregory.
If would like to help with Christmas for Kids, you can either donate toys or a monetary gift to help pay for food by calling 270-772-2563.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-72608394.