December 30, 2013

St. William hosts 36th annual Christmas giveaway



“This isn’t nearly as chaotic as it has been. For one thing, it’s a school day, so there are no kids,” Nicholson said. “It’s also early. We had one year where a family walked five miles with kids to get their gifts. We didn’t let them walk back.”

Volunteer Debbie Grew recalled a year where St. William’s long, slightly steep parking lot was covered with ice. Rather than have people wait in line and worry about parking, volunteers delivered presents through the elevator to the church’s front entrance, all without the aid of North Laurel’s JROTC.

Nicholson shared the story of Matt Gulbret, a volunteer who, one year, noticed certain presents were left at the church. So determined to make sure the presents were where they needed to be at Christmas time, Gulbret made a trip to the post office and tracked down those who could not attend the giveaway. One included a handicapped participant who was unable to leave his home.

No matter the situation, St. Williams’s volunteer staff performed their duty with pride, passion and commitment. Nicholson also highlighted the importance of community outreach in London.

“I think some people are just afraid to ask for help. But this is what we do,” Nicholson said.

For more information on donating to next year’s Christmas giveaway at St. William, contact the church at (606) 864-7500.

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