Your donations make Christmas realPublished 12:03am Thursday, December 6, 2012
Christmas is fast approaching, and many of us have already made our list and started the shopping frenzy.
For many in our community, however, the holidays are far from a time of joy and cheer.
Many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet all year long. The cold reality is that there is no way for them to provide those magical Christmas moments for their children.
With the support of the Santa Claus Committee and many generous people in our area, the Children’s Christmas Tree Fund has provided toys and treats for the children who would not otherwise experience the joy of the yuletide season.
The Children’s Christmas Tree Fund was started in the early 1900s by the publisher of The Natchez Democrat, Captain James Lambert.
He, along with several prominent businessmen, wanted to help those children whose parents weren’t able to do so.
The Santa Claus Committee was later formed by these businessmen and still oversees this annual celebration.
This annual event is extra special to me because Captain James Lambert was my great-great grandfather. For as long as I can remember, my cousins and I participated in the Children’s Christmas Tree Fund by helping bag the candy and toys.
For the past seven years, I have continued this heartwarming tradition with my own children. It is a honor to be a part of this worthy cause.
You can become part of this great tradition and help provide Christmas smiles for the less fortunate by making a contribution to the Children’s Christmas Tree Fund.
Donations may be sent to: Christmas Tree Fund, P.O. Box 1082, Natchez, MS 39121 or to The Natchez Democrat, P.O. Box 1447, Natchez, MS 39121.
Donations may also be dropped off at The Democrat’s office at 503 North Canal St.
May your holiday season be filled with peace and joy.
Caroline Ferguson McDonough is the organizer of the Children’s Christmas Tree Fund.