"Operation Santa Claus" Brings Brighter Christmas To Families

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By Catalina Trivino

 While Christmas is an exciting time of year for some families, it can also be a struggle for those with economic hardships... but the Crenshaw County community is coming together to make it easier for some families...

They're calling it "Operation Santa Claus," making it possible for Crenshaw County families in need to have a brighter Christmas.

Starlecia McGee is a single mother with three children. She says this Christmas is going to be a little bit harder.

"It's a little rough because I've got two birthdays and then christmas. So I have a birthday, two weeks later Christmas, two weeks later another birthday, so it gets a little rough this time of year," Said McGee, who is an applicant from "Operation Santa Claus." But thanks to Crenshaw County's Department of Human Resources and donations from the community, her children will be getting presents under the tree.

"We got spider man. My nine-year-old is a real big spiderman fan. And my daughter got a disney princess and her room is actually disney princesses... they'll love this," Said McGee is she shared with CBS 8 some of the presents that were donated to her family.

McGee is only one person from 140 families who are getting help. DHR is giving up to 400 children toys, clothes... and everything else on their wish list.

 

"It feels great. It just feels right It feels like what we are supposed to do at Christmas. It feels like a big part of what the story of Christmas is," Said Michael Precht, who sponsored two kids and donated gifts to them.

DHR is also giving these families food through their food pantry programs, upon request. If you applied for "Operation Santa Claus", you can still pick up your presents at DHR through December 19.



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