Medina Journal-Register — The Christmas Box committee for the Medina Area Association of Churches has wrapped up another Christmas Season.
Sylvia Riviere, program chairperson, said the true spirit of Christmas has shone through for 150 families in the Medina School District. She said many thanks go to those churches, schools, the library and local merchants who so kindly put those familiar red barrels in their lobbies and businesses. When the Medina Fire Department scooped up the barrels, they were full of wonderful gifts for dozens of children. Each family received food, toys, games, art/school supplies, books, stuffed animals, hats, scarves and mittens.
To make these wishes come true approximately 35 volunteers worked for many hours sorting, selecting, or packing up the Christmas Boxes. On the delivery date, the firefighters and their helpers from Medina, Shelby, Ridgeway, and East Shelby Fire Companies were greatly appreciated. One of them beamed, “I’ve been doing this for 18 years.”
A special thank you was expressed toward the Medina United Methodist Church for making breakfast for the firefighters before they loaded up their trucks. Also, Virginia Roberts and her volunteers put together and delivered 104 poinsettias and 28 fruit baskets to those who seldom are able to leave their homes, which brought many grateful smiles. Many businesses, organizations, and individuals were also generous with financial assistance.