The Family Life Center in Bloomfield is preparing to help local families in need this Christmas season.
Annually the volunteers start pre-wrapping boxes in order to hurry along the process of assisting about 475 children up to the age of 18 in Greene County.
FLC Director Dianne Langer said the pre-wrapping process has begun and they are in need of more boxes and more people to wrap them.
Langer said any small boxes, such as cereal boxes or shoe boxes can be dropped off at the 19 S. Washington, Bloomfield, ministry.
Those who are interested in helping to pre-wrap the boxes can call 384-1639 to volunteer time. Tape and wrapping paper is provided.
"We've had several groups from one side of the county to the other to help pre-wrap boxes," Langer said.
Toys and gifts are being accepted to prepare for the Christmas celebration, which catches those youth who might fall through the cracks.
"Family Life Center carries a master list of other organizations that are assisting families. When other organizations submit their families to the master list, we are able to sort through and find out who is not being served and we are able to serve them -- that way no child is missed," Langer stressed, noting organizations should contact them when families are chosen.
She noted many programs have an age limit of 12-years-old, but the FLC also serves those children up to age 18.
"Generally for the first 12 months, we give boxes of diapers, wet wipes, onesies and bibs. Then we start out with baby and preschool toys. Once they hit the teen years we start with the hoodies," Langer said, noting they also give Yoga pants to young girls. "We are in dire need of hoodies."
Those who are in need of gifts this year must undergo an application process by visiting the FLC.
Langer stressed she is so pleased each year when the center and other organizations receive overwhelming support to ensure the holiday season is a success in Greene County.
"We serve about 475 children. There are over 780 families in the big master list that are served in the county by generous people ... So when you get that many people being served by the generosity of this county, that speaks volumes," Langer noted.
Langer added free Christmas decorations will be available at the FLC South location, located at 14 E. Judson Street.
This event will begin Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. Langer said there will be free Christmas trees, decorations, lights, baking dishes and more.
She noted the decorations are first come, first serve and cannot be held back.
Anyone wishing to donate old decorations can drop them by the location.