With the help of community members, including Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Jubliee World Outreach and Cornerstone Church, organizers were able to provide each child with a Christmas meal, free presents and school supplies following a Christmas music performance from Kaylee Reining, Aubrey Sutphin and Jayden Morrisey.
Robin Crumley, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City, said the annual event started years ago to help serve the community while spreading Christmas cheer — a sure way to stay off Santa’s “naughty list.”
“Around Christmas time, you always think about what you can do for the people you serve, so the event has evolved throughout the years,” she said. “Minimally, we want to provide each child with at least one gift of a value of about $25 or more. We ask them for some special wishes, so they give us an idea of what they want.”
As with many after-school events at the Boys and Girls Club, free books were also made available.
“We always try to give out books because literacy is important to us, and we always try to give some gifts to the family and caregiver,” she said. “And of course, we brought Santa and ‘Elf on the Shelf’ this year to keep the excitement of the season.”
For more information on the Boys and Girls Club and how to get involved in future holiday events, visit the club’s website at www.gokidz.org.