Once again donations are being sought for the â€śChristmas in Kentuckyâ€ť program, established by St. Marys resident Laura Kuntz.
For the past 15 years, Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, has been collecting Christmas gifts and making the 10-hour-trip to Beattyville, KY, in Lee County, where a local contact helps in distributing the donated gifts.
Each year, Kuntz and a Kentucky-based social worker compile wish lists for numerous needy families.
â€śI am always grateful to the St. Marys area for their continued support of this project and belief in what I am doing for the families in Beattyville and the surrounding communities,â€ť Kuntz said. â€śThe counties that I service are in the top 10 poorest counties in the U.S. For these children and adults to receive a new item doesn't happen often.â€ť
Donations are being accepted until Thursday, Nov. 23; Kuntz plans to deliver the gifts over the Thanksgiving weekend. Any donations of brand-new items, including toys and clothes for children and adult clothing, may be dropped off at the St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, as well as at Kuntzâ€™s home at 586 Church St.
For more on this story, see the Nov. 6 edition of The Daily Press.