The Empty Stocking Christmas Party Held Wednesday

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The countdown to Christmas is on for many kids and thanks to one big Christmas party Wednesday, hundreds of kids now have something to smile about this year.

Barbara Peace, who has several children, says Christmas time is often tough.

"It's hard this time of the year to get Christmas for them and this helps out a great deal," Peace said.

Barbara and other moms and dads are getting some help.

Governor Ernie Fletcher joined dozens of volunteers from Corbin and the surrounding area that handed out essentials like shoes and coats while other kids had a Christmas morning dream picking out toys.

"To give kids that don't have a lot of money a chance to get toys, stuff, clothes," said Matthew Peace.

Members of the local rotary club say they simply do it for the kids.

"And you know their eyes are going to be even brighter when they open the package than when they see a box that's wrapped," said Joe Caldwell with the Corbin Rotary Club.

"It's guardian angels. They worked hard to put this together and it means a lot too," said Shauna Prewitt.

"Even though I'm not able to get everything they want, at least they can get some stuff from other people that care," Peace said.

Because for parents like Barbara Peace, seeing their kids happy is it's own Christmas gift to them.

Wednesday's Empty Stocking Christmas Party is an annual event sponsored by the Corbin Times Tribune newspaper and the local rotary club and hands out gifts to about 800 kids from Laurel, Knox, and Whitley Counties.

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