431 children receive gifts through A Child’s Christmas | Headlines | Smith Mountain Lake News
This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has increased requests for Christmas gifts via A Child’s Christmas from Lake Christian Ministries by 20%, according to organizer Lynda Imirie. More than 190 families requested gifts for 431 children from newborns to 16 years of age.
That year, LCM distributed angel cards to district churches including the Trinity Ecumenical Church, the Catholic Resurrection Church, Epworth United Methodist Church, Patmos United Methodist Church, and Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Imirie said. Cards have also been placed at companies such as Carilion Wellness Westlake, the Blackwater Cafe, Hot Shots, ReMax Lakefront Realty, the American National Bank, Mariner’s Landing, and the Antique Mall in Downtown Moneta.
Toy donation boxes have been found at Westlake Automotive, Dollar General Stores in Eastlake, Westlake, Scruggs, and Union Hall, as well as Mama Ann’s Gifts and Treats, Moneta Farm & Home Center, SML Coffee House, Capps Home Building Center, Westlake Library, and Moneta placed / SML Library, said Imirie. Other companies, including Sea Tow-Smith Mountain Lake, Napoli Cowboy, and DeNeal’s Cabinets, made donations.
Anonymous donors, Imirie said, helped pay for clothes and gifts, including providing $ 2 bills to each child to remind them how special they are.
Two dozen masked and socially distant volunteers worked for more than a week putting together gift bags for each child while others helped load gifts into the parents’ vehicles.
“In the end, COVID was unable to” mask “friendliness or” socially distance “families’ concern for one another,” said Imirie. “No wonder COVID couldn’t stop Christmas from coming to Smith Mountain Lake. The spirit of Christmas spread throughout the church, inspired by the love we shared that first Christmas morning. “