Volunteers with Catholic Charities in Sallisaw arranged gifts for 313 Christmas angels and food baskets for 200 families on Wednesday. The gifts and food baskets will be given away on Thursday.
Arranging the gifts are, from the left (above, top) Judy Martens and Robin Akers, both with the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, and Ro Poindexter, volunteer who oversees the gift giving.
Arranging the foods (above, bottom) are volunteers from various Sallisaw churches, including Cheryl Lockwood, third from left, who organizes the food baskets. Both Christmas projects are done through the Catholic Charities Helping Center in Sallisaw with the assistance of the Sallisaw Pastors’ Fellowship.
Poindexter said, “I’ve been doing this since 2009 and I absolutely love it. We just line it up by the numbers and volunteers take the recipient’s number and deliver the gifts and food baskets. It takes a lot of people to do this, and the people are very appreciative. It’s fun.”
MaryLynn Lufkin, Catholic Charities Helping Center coordinator, said at one time the center organized Christmas Angel Tree gift giving for the entire county, but the project became overwhelming when over 700 angels were submitted to the project. The assistance of Pastors’ Fellowships and churches in other county towns was sought and those volunteers now organize their own angel tree and food basket projects.
In Sallisaw the gifts and food baskets were arranged at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds, and the gifts and food baskets will be given away on Thursday.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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