Hoping For A Successful Christmas

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Hope XMASLYNDONVILLE - The holiday season is just around the corner, and children are counting down the days until they wake up to presents under the tree.

Some families struggle shopping for presents, having enough food on the table, and bundling up for the cold season. Non-profit organizations such as H.O.P.E. in Lyndonville make it a little bit easier for families to celebrate the holidays.



Last year H.O.P.E. provided Christmas presents for 300 children which included 282 boxes full of gifts and 80 stockings. According to H.O.P.E.'s website, statistics show school backpacks ranks first for a total value of $117,040, while Christmas placed second at $56,400.

Dan Haycook, Board of Directors, felt positive about last year's results, and expects another positive outcome this year due to a small change. The organization would typically assign donators to a specific family's wish list. This year donators will be able to choose from a list what they want to buy for families. Haycook claims he has received excitement about this change.

"For me that's why I'm here. I do what I do because it's not a job to me, it's a passion. We know everybody hits a rough patch in their life and sometimes it's out of your control, but if we can do what we can to make it special to people, despite the situation, then that's the most important thing to me," Haycook explained to News7.

Ever since H.O.P.E. changed their location, Haycook has seen an increase in people utilizing the supplies needed for the cold weather. Supplies include toys, video games, toiletries, clothes, outdoor wear, and more. They will be accepting donations until December 8th.