Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities


Project Santa Update
Submitted by Keith Garner
Project Santa delivered fruit baskets last Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 to over 360 individuals in the Denton community. The fruit arrived on Friday morning and the assembly of over 360 fruit baskets began under the supervision of Terri Cook, of New Beginnings Church, and Goldia Spivey from the First Baptist Golden Circle Bible School Class. In addition, a band of merry volunteers from both churches along with volunteers from the Denton community helped assemble and deliver the fruit baskets to many in rest homes, elderly individuals and shut-ins on Friday and Saturday. This all took place in the Project Santa building on the grounds of First Baptist Church.

For the 25th year volunteers from the DAV in Lexington assembled food boxes on Tuesday, December 16. Many local volunteers along with 20+ Food Lion managers helped put together 275 food boxes. Food pick-up will be December 17th and 18th at First Baptist Church.

The Clothing Closet will also be open on December 17th and 18th for those in need of clothing. Anyone wishing to volunteer his or her time and talents at the Clothing Closet can contact Jeff and Geniva Swaringen at 859-4682. Jeff and Geniva Swaringen along with many other long time clothing closet volunteers spent numerous hours preparing racks and sorting clothing. The clothing closet, which is open basically all year round distributes clothes, coats and shoes to those in need.

For the 3rd season Toys4Town, a Kelly and Danny Perry Memorial toy drive, hosted an event the day of the Denton Christmas Parade. This year Toys4Town hosted a Christmas Painting Class and Silent Auction at Party On Main with all proceeds going to Project Santa. Toys4Town is an amazing tribute to the Perry’s and a blessing to Project Santa.

Santa and his Elves will begin assembling the toy boxes on December 19th thru December 24 at the Project Santa Building at First Baptist Church. All volunteers can report to the Project Santa Building at 9:00am on December 19th thru the 24th.
Project Santa would like to thank all the individual, businesses, Civic Organization and Churches that have donated their time, talents and financial resources in the past and appreciate your continued support this year. For more information or to make a donation please contact Bobby Garner 336-817-1119, Keith Garner 704-798-4242 or Bruce Peck at 336-209-0874.

Thank you to everyone who helps with Project Santa, your support makes the difference.

Caption for photo by Gary Arnold:
Santa and his elves have made their list and are checking it twice in preparation for delivery on Christmas Eve. The 48th edition of Silver Valley Civitan Project Santa Claus is moving toward D-Day.  Delivery day will provide gifts to around 300 people.

The list is almost complete with around 40 families with about 80 children. Food will be distributed to many families with children and another dozen households with seniors.

Members of the South Davidson High School Junior Civitan have addressed and mailed about 200 Christmas cards for seniors and people with disabilities. Over 100 seniors will receive Christmas cards and fruit bags. Around 35 people with disabilities will receive cards and presents.

The students of Silver Valley Elementary School continued a long tradition of supporting Project Santa with a food drive that concludes this week. The club has already collected around 200 Holidays Without Hunger food boxes from Food Lion that were purchased by dozens of generous customers.

Janice and Roger Gallimore provided their building for Santa Headquarters for a 10th consecutive year. Churches, businesses and individuals have donated money, socks, clothing, toys and other items.
Santa will deliver gifts to the residents of Kateland and Westanna Family Care this Wednesday. Assembly of food boxes and distribution of all gifts remains to be done. Food boxes and fruit bags will be prepared December 23 at Santa Central. The delivery of gifts will begin at 8 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

Funds are still needed. Contribution checks may be made to the Silver Valley Civitan Club, Inc., c/o Treasurer Sara Barker, 222 Monroe Drive, Thomasville NC 27360. The club will purchase fruit, clothing and toys from donated funds. The list will close this week with shopping for clothing and toys scheduled for Friday.