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Limestone offers chance to be Santa to foster child

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — The typical teen may cringe at the thought of getting underwear for Christmas.

But for some who have just entered the foster program, Christmas might be their first time to get new underwear, or house shoes or a bedspread.

Those are among the items children are requesting through the Limestone County Department of Human Resources' Christmas program.

This year, 205 neglected or abused children are in the program. Of that number, 110 need a Santa, along with five senior citizens in the program.

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Program Director Jennifer White said the children and seniors have made wish lists. These are similar to the Salvation Army's Christmas tree angels. The wish lists include toys, other items and clothing.

"You don't have to buy everything on a list, just what you can afford to do," White said. "We don't want this to be a hardship on anybody. We want our sponsors to find joy in doing this."

White said the children and seniors often ask for items most of us take for granted, such as underwear, bed sheets and house shoes. The children also ask for typical items like bicycles or inline skates or electronics.

White asks that sponsors screen games, DVDs and music the children have requested.

"If you wouldn't buy it for you own kids, please don't buy it for ours," she said.

If you would like to sponsor a child or senior, contact White at 216-6411. Wrap your new gifts and give them to DHR with a receipt by Dec. 3.

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