Batesville Kroger leaders have offered to set up a Families Helping Families giving tree in the store with gift tags. The project's goal is to allow children of about 100 impoverished Batesville families to open Christmas presents.

Donated gift cards and cash donations may be turned in to the Kroger service desk by Sunday, Dec. 3.

"There will not be any toy tags on the tree, but we would really like the community to be aware that gift cards are also very helpful to the families" in need, reports committee member Maureen Saner.

Gift cards available at Kroger for many other stores are used for children who have asked for gifts that cannot be found locally or easily.

She adds, "We have recently asked teens to ask for gift cards rather than clothes. As many can understand, it is very hard to purchase clothes that will fit when we just put 'black pants size 5' on a tag."

Tags asking for Kroger gift cards are used to provide each family with an opportunity to have a wonderful holiday meal, she explains.

After all the tags are brought back to the committee with donations, wish lists are checked. Saner says, "Sometimes the tags have not been completely fulfilled" so cash and extra gift cards can be used by the committee to finish shopping.

According to her, "We really appreciate all that the churches are doing." Six Batesville Area Ministerial Association churches encourage members to support families who have submitted wish lists.

"Now with Kroger also being a collection site, we hope to have a very successful program this year."

For more information, please contact Jim Saner, 812-525-1239; or Maureen Saner, 812-212-9797 or msaner@etczone.com.

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