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SALs Provide A Merry Christmas To 88 Children

Posted 12/21/2017

By Jared JanzenSEVERAL dozen volunteers helped wrap Christmas gifts for children in need Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Post in Halstead. This is one of the main projects the Sons of the American Legion fundraises for throughout the year, and this Christmas they were able to provide presents for 88 children in the community. SEVERAL dozen volunteers helped wrap Christmas gifts for children in need Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Post in Halstead. This is one of the main projects the Sons of the American Legion fundraises for throughout the year, and this Christmas they were able to provide presents for 88 children in the community.

HALSTEAD—Santa’s helpers don’t just work at the North Pole—last Saturday several dozen of his finest assistants were hard at work at Halstead’s American Legion post wrapping tablefuls of presents to be distributed to families in need this Christmas.

This is the 17th year the Sons of the American Legion have organized this event, and this Christmas they were able to benefit 88 children representing 30 families in the Halstead-Bentley school district.

“It’s a pretty big undertaking,” SAL President Cory Harrington said.

SALs members work with school counselors to determine which families could use a little extra help during the holiday season. Parents are then given a form to fill out to personalize the gifts.

“They fill out a sheet that kind of gives us an idea of the child’s sizes and their clothing and some of their interests that they have so we can shop for each kid individually,” Harrington said. 

These gifts aren’t just toys—SALs also make sure to address some of the practical needs students might have.

“Generally speaking, we make sure everyone gets a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks and underwear, pajamas for the smaller kids,” Harrington said. “We try to do a mix between everyone gets a few clothes items and everyone gets a few toy items.”

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