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Henry County Christmas for Needy Families


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Record numbers are expected for this year’s Community Christmas for Needy Families Program, which provides Christmas gifts to local families. Today’s economy coupled with bad financial decisions has landed some once middle class residents into near poverty. Last year, the program served about 2,300 local families which was a 44 percent increase from 2007; it is expected to benefit over 3,000 families this year.

Beginning November 2, 2009, trained volunteers began conducting interviews for the program’s entrance. Interviews are being conducted, at this time, by appointment only though later this month walk-in applicants will be accepted. The interviews are being held at the Henry County Extension Service building in Heritage Park located at 97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough, Ga.

The program is always in need of volunteers or sponsors and they will gladly accept them right up until Christmas Day if needed. According to the program executive director, Denese Rodgers, those who want to get involved can partner with other individuals, organizations, or businesses and may also make individual donations or tax-deductable monetary donations to Connecting Henry located at 333 Phillips Drive in McDonough, Ga.

To learn more, volunteer, or donate please call the Connecting Henry office at (770) 288-6230, or email the organization at

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