Volunteers fanned out across New Albany and Union County Friday, delivering food, blankets and toys to families who qualified in the Sharing at Christmas program.
The program, operated for 37 years by the New Albany Gazette with the help of dozens of volunteers, provides help to those in need during the holidays.
This year 264 families qualified for aid, an increase from 228 who received help from the program.
Families this year received a fresh turkey breast and more than 30 pounds of other foodstuffs for the holidays. In addition, families with children 12 or under in the home received age-appropriate toys either donated by Gazette readers or purchased with contributions to the program.
“We want to thank all those who have contributed and those who are helping with this year’s distribution, which is much larger than the past,” said T. Wayne Mitchell, publisher of the Gazette.
A complete list of those who helped and those who contributed will appear in the Gazette on Friday, Dec. 23.
Mitchell emphasized that fundraising to pay for the program is continuing and that a coupon appears in today’s Gazette.