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Mayfield-Graves Co. FRYSC directors discuss Community Christmas Connection

(Source: Paul Schaumburg/Graves Co. schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg/Graves Co. schools)

The Mayfield and Graves County Family Resource/Youth Services Centers directors recently presented a program on how they fund and operate their annual Community Christmas Connection.

They presented to their peers statewide who attended the annual fall institute conference in Lexington of the Family Resource/Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky. Presenters included (from left) Lori Beyer, Tana Jones, Stacy Harris, Mike Duncan, Juliana Reyes, Kaye Horn, Jean Ann Miller, and Jennifer Morris.

Attendees were given the tools to implement a successful Christmas program of their own in their respective counties.

Tools included a PowerPoint of all forms used in the program from the family application to the community donation request letter.

Attendees learned of the timeline of the Christmas program and were taught that this program begins in August for the Family Resource directors and runs through January.

The Mayfield and Graves County FRYSC directors stressed to attendees the impact that the community donations have on the program from the Graves County Truck and Tractor Pullers Association pull in August to the $5 donation in December.

All donations matter and are appreciated.

Attendees learned that the directors bargain shop throughout the year to make the most of the community donations.

The Community Christmas Connection 2015 program is underway in Graves County and is anticipating serving approximately 1,000 students again this year.

Families are earning their points by attending classes, school functions and volunteering.

Directors are busy preparing the building and stocking it full of toys for the shoppers. Businesses are holding toy drives and making donations.

The program provides a way for families to give their children Christmas presents who otherwise could not afford to do so.

To learn more about the location of the toy drives or to host a toy drive, contact Jennifer Morris.

To make a monetary or toy donation, contact Jennifer Morris at 270-328-4994 or 270-674-4994 or contact any local family resource or youth services center director.

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