Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteJR Whobrey, left, looks for gifts for his parents with the help of Linda French.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

JR Whobrey, left, looks for gifts for his parents with the help of Linda French.

Leitchfield United Methodist Church (LUMC) helped make the holiday season brighter for many needy Grayson County families over the past two weekends by allowing children to shop for free Christmas gifts for their parents.

Held annually for the last 13 years, LUMC, in partnership with its thrift shop, collects items donated to the thrift shop -- as well as items purchased with money raised from the thrift shop throughout the year -- to give out at no cost to children to give to their parents as gifts during the holiday season.

Sharon Ferguson, with the LUMC Thrift Shop, said more than 200 children were estimated to have been served by this program, and those children are selected by local Family Resource Centers, who receive a number of shopping tickets from LUMC.

In addition to the items provided by the thrift shop, a benefactor also donates

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shoes, socks, jackets, and other necessities to the program, Ferguson said.

Each participating child also received a $10 Walmart gift certificate, according to Ferguson.

During the shopping days, adults helped children pick out Christmas gifts for their parents, as well as wrap them.

And, as an added bonus, the Grayson Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gave out books, wrapped by DAR members and individuals from the Grayson County Detention Center, to all children who participated in Saturday's event.

DAR member Rose Booth said doing so allowed the children to go home with something of their own other than only the gifts for their parents, and also forwards the DAR's mission to increase reading among Grayson County children.

Since the the local DAR chapter's reading program, "Today's Readers are Tomorrow's Leaders," was established four years ago, members have given out over 7,000 books in Grayson County.

Booth said the DAR feels blessed to be able to partner with groups, such as LUMC, to give back to the community.

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JR Whobrey, left, looks for gifts for his parents with the help of Linda French.

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Adults help children pick out Christmas gifts for their parents at The Rock on Saturday. Pictured, Heidi Dills and Kalissa Hack peruse the available items.

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Gidgett Hartless, left, helps brothers Cameron and Wyatt Newton wrap presents to give to their parents.

As an added bonus, the Grayson Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gave out books to children who participated in Saturday's event. Pictured, DAR member Rose Booth, right, hands a book to Kayla Foreman.