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David Dozer has seen impressive giving this season.
The Helping Hand of Hope director met a girl with special needs who wanted to help with the organization’s annual service program.
Seeing all the gifts she collected for the cause was touching. So was seeing a man who donated 20 bicycles, high-ticket items, Dozer said.
“What a gift,” he said. “How wonderful is it that in this community people, good, caring, Christian people, will step up?”
It is wonderful residents, organizations and businesses in the area have pitched in to meet a higher need this year, Dozer said.
The program, which has been in place for more than 40 years, is helping nearly 1,200 children and 715 families this Christmas. That’s about 300 more children and 100 more families than last year because more have been identified as being in need, he said.
“When you consider all those numbers, it’s pretty staggering, the number of people who need to be helped at this time of year,” he said.
Helping Hand of Hope partners with school systems and senior citizens programs in Hardin County to register residents who need help during the holiday season.
Children receive toys and clothes, and families receive Christmas meal boxes.
Children’s names are selected and area residents, organizations and businesses purchase unwrapped gifts, which volunteers plan to deliver Friday, Dozer said.
“We’re blessed. Every single one of our children was adopted,” through the organization, he said.
One group helped 75 children, and more than 180 bikes were donated.
Such giving allowed the program to meet increased need, Dozer said.
“It’s overwhelming to watch this happen every year because it’s just fantastic to me to watch how much giving this community does,” he said.
The giving is matched by the gratitude of families helped, Dozer said.
One woman wrote that her children would be appreciative of any gifts they received, she said.
It is a blessing to be part of a program that helps such families, Dozer said.
“It is overwhelmingly unbelievable,” he said. “It is just so exciting when you get to bring something to families who otherwise would not have a good Christmas.”
Dozer thanked everyone who helped the program.
“Every child should have a merry Christmas,” he said.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or email@example.com.