The gifts are heading out the door to needy families across York County, but its not too late to make a difference.
The need remains great, and the participating agencies of the Sleigh Bell Network are still accepting donations of toys, gifts and money to plug some last-minute holes in the Christmas safety net.
Its important to have cash donations so we can make targeted donations to meet family requests, especially for older children, said Debbie Hayworth, president of the United Way of York County, heading out the door Thursday afternoon to shop for more gifts.
We just want to make sure we have fulfilled the needs of the families, based on the ages of the children.
There are still needs for personal items for older girls (fingernail polish, hats, gloves, scarves) and older boys (socks, hats, gloves), Hayworth said.
Toys are always good; they give us an early start on next year, she said. But weve still got some gaps to fill this year.
Distribution to families started Thursday and wraps up today.
Monetary donations to The Heralds Empty Stocking Fund, a member of the Sleigh Bell Network, are still needed, Herald president and publisher Debbie Abels said.
Its not too late to help, Abels said. The Empty Stocking Fund uses monetary contributions to round out toy contributions so there is a selection for both boys and girls in all age groups.
The Empty Stocking Fund also provides a box of food to the childs family.
The Sleigh Bell Network also includes Toys for Happiness, Toys for Tots, The Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank.
The United Way of York County coordinates the annual efforts of those groups by maintaining a database of families in need, with the goal of making sure services are not duplicated for an applicant.
More than 3,400 children received gifts through the Sleigh Bell Networks effort last year.
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2012 Empty Stocking Fund donors
The Herald thanks the following members of our community for their generous contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund:
Chester, Virginia, Linda & Audra Miller of Rock Hill
Regina B. Clawson of McConnells, a donation for each victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Raymond Espey of Fort Mill
Ken & Juli Gasque of Rock Hill
Paks Tae Kwon Do of Rock Hill
W.C. Kirkpatrick of Rock Hill
Mrs. Dale W. Scott of Fort Mill
Mrs. Sarah Ridgeway of Rock Hill
Pat Swicegood of Rock Hill
John & Vickie Dasti of Rock Hill
Doug Stokes of Rock Hill
Georgia Freeman of Rock Hill
Debbie Abels, in honor of Jennifer Becknell,Victor Fields, Bonny Frain, Jim Lamm, Paul Osmundson, Mary Pettus, Michelle Reid, Letitia Smith & Sonya Van Sickle
Frank Knox of Rock Hill
Gary & Wanda Miller of Rock Hill
Ray & Cindy Eaton of Rock Hill
Buddy & Margaret McCarter of Rock Hill
Makenna Kull & family of Rock Hill
Edith & Heinz Blessing of Tega Cay