Christmas Comes Early For Dozens Of Needy Children

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Christmas comes early for dozens of needy children.

The RoHo Fishing Club sponsored their annual shopping spree in Middlesboro.

The children left with a lot more than just the smiles on their faces.

Various businesses, schools, and other volunteers helped the RoHo members start Christmas early this year at the Wal-Mart in Middlesboro.

“There's a lot of kids in the community that might not have a Christmas or might not have a good Christmas, that's our main focus is to help some of these kids have a brighter Christmas,” Isaac Cadle, RoHo President said.

14 year old Ennana Dillow had her sights set on some warm sweaters for winter.

The first shopping spree was in 1970 and helped 5 children and Tuesday's event helped 177 children find the things they need and want for Christmas.

The money quickly burned a hole in the wallets of the kids with 100 dollars to spend on clothes and 30 dollars to spend on toys.

The children are picked based on need from 15 schools in the tri-state area.

After a day of exhausting shopping, the children enjoyed a special lunch and a visit with Santa.

Every child walked out of Wal-Mart with a cart full of early gifts for themselves and a smile on their faces.

In order to raise funds for this event, the RoHo Club Sponsors a fishing tournament the first weekend in may every year.

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