A community outreach center in Onslow County is spreading Christmas cheer.
Volunteers with the Onslow County Outreach Center make it their goal every year to make sure kids and their families have the best Christmas possible by giving out donated food and toys to those in need.
What makes the Christmas Cheer Program different from other organizations is they provide a shopping experience for families.
Director Glenn Harget says families and volunteers walk around with shopping carts choosing a handful of gifts from tables full of toys.
"There is about 23,000 gifts that we'll give out this year a substantial number of them coming from individuals,” says Harget. “At the end of the day we will have helped more than 5,000 people and about 2,500 to 3,000 will have been children.
The Christmas Cheer Program has been going on for 26 years now.
That organization also provides another service for the Onslow County community, which can be important during these cold months.
The community outreach shelter houses families and single people year round but they always see a larger number of people during the holidays. They have around 25 people at the shelter right now. Also the soup kitchen has served over 109,000 meals this year alone.
"We're noticing that in terms of the population that we're serving it seems to be many new persons who are new to having to apply for services," said community outreach member Theo McClammy.”
Only Onslow County residents are eligible for Christmas Cheer and the center starts asking for donations and applications every October.