Be There: Holiday Giving

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It is easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, but it is important to teach your kids the true meaning of the holiday season.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Muscogee County School District are taking a simple lesson and putting into action, showing kids how easy it can be to give back to the less fortunate.

"What better way to be there as a parent, as a child, as a community organization and sponsor than working together to supply those essential needs to the women and children here in our community," said Valerie Fuller with the Muscogee County School District.

Instead of wrapping presents for their loved ones, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and employees with the school system are putting together gifts for a local battered woman's shelter.

Alpha Kappa Alpha vice-president Rochelle Jones explained, "We have chosen Demascus Way to stuff Christmas bags for the women of Demascus Way with items such as scarves, gloves, warm clothing items and for the children we have toys and books for them and things like that."

Since parents are sometimes looked over during the holidays, the volunteers thought it was important to be there for the needy mothers. Jones said, "Our effort was to make sure their Christmas was as good for them as it is for the children."

So Fuller says they collected the essentials, "Things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant. Something as simple as a hat or scarf or hygiene items that a lot of people take for granted." She adds it is a perfect example of being there during the holidays, "We're grateful, it shows a great spirit in the community."

The sorority and members from the school system will be delivering the Christmas bags to Demascus Way on Saturday.

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