PHOTO GALLERY: Voluntary Action Center collects gifts for needy families

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 8:36 p.m. CST

In the Voluntary Action Center's Christmas Program, volunteers sponsor needy families, donating toys, clothes and other gifts, as well as money to buy food for Christmas. Sponsors dropped off items at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Monday, the first day of donations for the program.

Don Eggeman and Khesha Duncan, of the MU Counseling Center, drop off gifts for a family at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Monday. The Counseling Center sponsors a family every year through the Voluntary Action Center Christmas Program. Sponsors are randomly assigned to families that are in need and might not have been able to afford presents otherwise. The first day of donations proved to be busy and fruitful for the program.
Jacki Swank, from First State Community Bank, brings gifts to Trinity Presbyterian Church during the sponsor drop-off event for the Voluntary Action Center Christmas Program on Monday. Aside from gifts, the program also asked sponsors to give a donation for food so families could have a nice Christmas dinner.
Mary Patton, a volunteer with the Voluntary Action Center Christmas Program, sorts donated clothes in the "Extra Shopping" room on Monday. The program received donations from businesses and organizations that weren't specific to a family, but rather were general gifts. Patton and other volunteers sorted the donations into categories such as clothing for boys and girls, books, toys and others. The gifts will be distributed to families whose sponsors were unable to participate at the last minute.

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