MARTINS FERRY - There is a small Christmas tree inside the Martins Ferry Convenient that looks like any other.
But on this tree can be found names of children, those in need of a little help to make their Christmas season a little bit brighter.
That's why the members of the Martins Ferry Concerned Citizens decided to erect the giving tree inside Convenient.
MARTINS?FERRY Concerned Citizens’ members Bert Duff, Connie Monroe and Geraldine Plants stand in front of the Giving Tree at the Martins Ferry Convenient.
''There's so many people out of work that need help, families that need help,'' MFCC member Bert Duff said. ''We wanted to help out however we could and help provide a good Christmas for the little kids.''
Eighteen tags were originally placed on the tree last week, listing the names of young kids, their clothing sizes and what was needed.
Currently, there are only eight tags left on the tree, but Connie Monroe, the MFCC founder, admitted there are more on a waiting list.
The main aim of the giving tree is to provide the kids in need the proper clothing for the winter months.
Monroe explained that most drives this time of the year are geared toward the purchase of toys.
''Not a lot of people donate clothes,'' Monroe said. ''We wanted to make sure everyone had proper clothing for the winter.''
That's where the second part of MFCCs plan comes into effect.
The group is holding a 50-50 raffle and a Lunch with Santa that will take place Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center.
Tickets are $10 and will cover one adult and one child per ticket. Included will be pizza, a drink, a treat, prizes and a picture with Santa Claus.
At 2 p.m., the winning ticket for the 50-50 drawing will be selected.
The 50-50 tickets, which can be obtained from any MFCC member, are $1 apiece or six for $5.
First prize of the drawing will be the 50-50. Second prize is an authentic Terrelle Pryor Ohio State Buckeyes' jersey. Third prize will be a gift basket. Monroe stated the winners do not have to be present at the drawing to win their prizes.
The money raised from the 50-50 and the Lunch with Santa will go toward covering any of the children whose tags weren't taken up for donation, as well as any of the kids in reserve.
Monroe also said that if anyone choosing to sponsor a child that wishes to purchase more than what's on the tag can get in contact with her and that she has listings of what all is needed.
The drop off for the clothes and other gifts will take place at the rec center on the 18th, starting at 9 a.m. and again from 2-4 p.m.
MFCC members assisting with the Giving Tree include: Monroe, Duff, Geraldine Plants, Tricia Wasemann Bender, Darlene Ramsay, Dawn Hathaway, Missy Wade, Stephanie Keller, Kim Phillips, Jason Kaczmarek
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