DANVILLE — Gestures of goodwill and kindness throughout eastern Knox County are put forth into action as members of the community came together Sunday afternoon to gather and wrap presents for local children and families. Volunteer Melody Brent and Marcia Durbin, director of gifts, headed up the efforts at St. Lukes Community Center in Danville.
Large donations of toys were made through eastern Knox County and by the East Knox and Danville school districts. Durbin said she has been taking part in the tradition for the past 30 years and that the program through Danville Interchurch began “at least 40 years ago.” Durbin said that she “personally takes care of getting all the presents” in place.
According to Durbin, families sign up through Danville Interchurch to receive presents for their children. Currently this winter, Durbin said the organization is at 108 baskets this year, which is down from last year, at an estimated 120 baskets.
“Every child from age 12 and under get a hat and gloves set, clothing and a toy that their parents signed up for,” said Durbin.
Volunteers from the Danville High School National Honor Society as well as some members from the Danville High School boys basketball team gathered together to wrap presents donated throughout the community from Toys for Tots and according to Durbin, the Toys for Tots gifts mean an additional two gifts per child.
Durbin added that Interchurch is coming in on Tuesday to pack food for families, and the gifts wrapped for the families will be distributed on Wednesday.
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