Deadline to register kids for holiday help is approaching

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The deadline to register a child to receive gifts through one of the local Christmas charities is rapidly approaching.

Friday, Dec. 3, will be the last day that a parent or guardian can register a dependent for the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund, “Shop With A Cop,” the “Community Center of Hope Angel Tree,” “Toys for Tots” and the “Love Chapel Holiday Food Pantry” through the Holiday Hotline at 812-375-2216.

The hotline is maintained by the United Way of Bartholomew County’s Volunteer Action Center. The agency serves as a clearing house to ensure no one attempts to take advantage

the community’s multiple charitable programs, according to Alicia Monroe, coordinator of the United Way of Bartholomew County’s Volunteer Action Center.

In terms of enrollment numbers, all the Holiday Hotline charities are at about the same place where they were at this time last year, Monroe said.

“I means, there are some programs that are up and some that are down,” Monroe said. “Dec. 3 is when all holiday registrations will end. After that, a waiting list will be started if there are still openings in the program available.”

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.