By Callie Hietala
Friday, November 19 is the deadline for applications for this year’s Christmas Cheer program. The office, located at 10 Liberty Street two doors down from Grace Network, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Christmas Cheer has been helping local families in need since 1951, by providing toys to children aged 10 and under. The program also provides a generous food box and blanket.
Martinsville Mayor Kathy Lawson said that over at least the last decade, the program has served more than 700 families each holiday season.
She said it is a “vital part of the community’s Christmas efforts for families in need.”
Applications must be completed in person and proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, or AEP bill) in Martinsville or Henry County is required, along with a photo I.D. All household residents must provide Social Security information and date of birth.
The program’s fundraising goal this year is $45,000.
“We have a long way to go,” Lawson said. “Donations are coming in slowly,” and the program has only raised about $2,000 thus far.
Donations to Christmas Cheer can be mailed to PO Box 540, Martinsville, VA 24114 or dropped off at the Cheer office.