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Tville group hopes to bring joy to grieving children


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –A Thomasville group hopes to make Christmas a little more enjoyable for children who've lost a parent this year.

The Lost Classmates of Thomas County Central High School is collecting money to buy gifts for nine grieving children.

But the group still needs some help reaching their goal.

Shoppers line the streets of downtown Thomasville searching for the perfect gift for loved ones. But for at least nine children in Thomasville, all they want for Christmas is a loved one that's no longer here.

"These children are going through a really traumatic time right now. They've lost a parent," explains Glenn Burton, an administrator of the Lost Classmates of TCCHS. "I don't think there's anything more traumatic than that."

So the organizers of a Facebook group, the Lost Classmates of Thomas County Central High School, are trying to make the holidays a little easier for these four families.

"That's what this is all about is giving back to our alumni," says Rhonda Stamps, the main organizer of the Kids' Christmas Fund. "And what better way than to make the kids' Christmas this year?"

They're asking their community for a donation of any amount to reach their goal of $350 per child.

"$1, $5, $10. Anything is greatly appreciated," Stamps says.

Burton adds, "It does takes money to pull this off but we've all been fortunate and have our families. So when you're out shopping and able to pick up things you want, just remember that it doesn't take much for each person helping out to give these kids a wonderful Christmas."

The group hopes to have all the money raised by mid-December but already has plans to shop for one of the families Saturday during holiday sales.

"They've got 3 kids and she lost her husband 4 months ago in a car accident. So this family desperately needs help," explains Stamps.

All the children on the Christmas list are younger than 13-years old.

"If we could put a smile on one of their faces even one time, it'll all be worth it," promises Burton.

Stamps agrees, "It's hard to explain. To know that we are helping these kids is just a great feeling."

And they hope these kids will have that same feeling as they open their gifts.

To help the Lost Classmates of Thomas County Central reach their Kids' Christmas Fund goal, send donations to:

Rhonda Stamps/Lost Classmates of TCCHS
60 Lake Shore Drive
Thomasville, GA 31757

Make checks payable to Rhonda Stamps.

You can also visit the Facebook page of the Lost Classmates of TCCHS HERE.

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