It's Christmas all year round in one East Texas town, but as you can imagine, this time of year is especially exciting. Thirty years ago, a group of Quitman women saw a need in their community. They wanted to give every family a special Christmas - food, decorations, gifts and all. As KLTV 7's Molly Reuter shows us, little did they know that it would turn into so much more.
Christmas Sharing, Plus in Quitman is in full Christmas mode. Volunteers are busy packing up boxes of food and toys - donations that will soon be given to more than 500 families in need.
"There is no way I ever would have guessed we would ever have a home because we never did, we were in parsonages and houses and just cramped up in different places, but this has been, it's just been unbelievable," said Beth Medlin.
Medlin helped form Christmas Sharing 30 years ago out of a garage. The first year, Medlin says Christmas Sharing served just 20 families.
"It was really something that just touched my heart, and I felt like that was what I needed to do," said Medlin.
Medlin says the word "plus" was added on to their name when the organization moved into their own building. Medlin says it allows Christmas Sharing to give all year round.
"The people that have worked all these years, they feel like this is just their Christmas," said Medlin.
Jane Colburn says she looks forward to volunteering every year.
"I saw what it did for the community and how appreciative everyone was, and what a need there was, so I wanted to help," said Colburn.
And by the looks of these donations, Quitman knows the true meaning of Christmas.
Colburn agrees. "Yes, they have the Christmas spirit, I would say very much so."
Christmas Sharing, Plus particpates in other programs like school supply drives and Coats For Kids. They say donations are down this year because of the economy. If you'd like to help, Christmas Sharing, Plus is located at the corner of Cliff St. and Westside St. in Quitman. You can make personal contributions at:
Christmas Sharing, Plus
P.O. Box 1116
Quitman, TX 75783
And, for more information, you can call:
Beth Medlin at 903-763-4551
Jane Colburn at 903-763-4112