Christmas is the time of giving. However, sometimes there are those within our midst that go without due to limited finances, lack of employment or circumstances beyond their control. These individuals number in the thousands, and throughout Eastern Kentucky many will be touched by the generosity of the CAP’s Christmas Basket Program.
CAP’s special elves begin their work during the heat of June, sending appeal letters throughout the nation to spark interest and involvement in Christmas Basket. Caseworkers compile “wish lists” from local families in need. These lists travel to donors across the country, as well as nearby. The holiday packages are put together and begin to make their way to Kentucky in early November and continue to arrive in the mail until the first week of December.
Distribution of the holiday packages begins two weeks before Christmas. Local churches open their doors to CAP and provide participants with a special service to rejoice in song and praise before the gift distribution. The project becomes a joint community effort, as a number of religions lend their space and sanctuary throughout various counties to make this program possible.
Throughout the course of December, the Christmas Basket program provides gifts, food and brightens the holidays for hundreds of Appalachian individuals and families, who otherwise would have a bleak, sparse Christmas.
“My children would not have had a Christmas if it hadn’t been for CAP; they’ve been a true blessing to our household,” remarked a participant in McCreary county.Share