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Durham nonprofit in need of donors for annual Christmas gift program

Posted December 16, 2013

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— A Triangle nonprofit that helps provide gifts to families in need is in need itself.

The Volunteer Center of Durham's "Share Your Christmas" program is in its 38th year providing gifts to those in need, but the center's executive director, Kim Shaw, says this year, it is short 131 sponsors.

That means more than 100 families are at risk of not having any help to provide gifts this holiday season.

It can usually help 1,100 families.

"We are short of that, and we are trying to get this (program) wrapped up so families know they have something for Christmas," Shaw said.

Alexis Boston was referred to the program by the Durham County Department of Social Services.

She and her two children are among the 100 families still waiting for a sponsor, and as Dec. 25 draws near, she says she is trying to stay positive and not let her mind drift to what Christmas Day might be like without some help.

"I don't really want to imagine it," she said. "It just wouldn't be the same."

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 17, 2013

    Why don't we change our priorities so needy families have everything they need all year long?...instead of just getting their child a Barbie Doll in December?

    E.g. Living wage for full-time work, guaranteed healthcare for everyone (the cause of 1/2 our bankruptcies), training & education (teaching someone to be self-sufficient)