Santa’s Closet is worth it for the children

November 5, 2012 

I have been living in North Carolina for more than two years. I lived and worked in the Lake Wylie/Clover area for 12 years, and still receive a copy of the Lake Wylie Pilot each week.

I must say that I was terribly disappointed to read in the latest edition of the Pilot that the Clover Area Assistance Center will be discontinuing its Santa’s Closet holiday program for children.

It is not so much that this was a wonderful community effort for needy families that happened to begin when I was CAAC’s executive director. But I am really concerned that CAAC has perhaps lost sight of the fact that, after all, “Christmas is for kids.”

And, yes, I am very much aware that hunger and the need for food are huge problems today, as I am involved now with an emergency food pantry program through my church that is affiliated with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Wilmington.

Believe me, I know how critical the food insecurity issue is. I also know that Santa’s Closet is a lot of work.

But, again, isn’t it worth it for the children? Please, CAAC, reconsider this for them.

KATHY CANTRELL, Surf City, N.C.

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