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It may just be mid-November, but the staff at Brunswick Family Assistance is already focused on Christmas.
They have to be, if they’re to meet this year’s stringent demand and deadlines for BFA’s annual holiday Tree of Hope Christmas wish-list program.
Trying to fill all the need and wishes is always a challenge, BFA program director Lora Moree says.
Last Friday, it got even more challenging when the wish-lists of one senior and 60 children came over the BFA transom at its Shallotte office.
“It’s the last walk-in day we had,” said Moree, overseeing the nonprofit’s booth last Saturday at The Brunswick Beacon’s Holiday Happenings show at Shallotte Middle School.
The senior is a 69-year-old female who wears a size-8 shoe and size-16 clothes. On her Christmas wish list is a coffee maker, crochet yarn or thread and a crochet pillowcase. BFA seniors are ages 60 and older.
The long list of children are ages 12 and younger. Their toy wishes are as varied as their clothing and shoe sizes — there are lots of requests for Barbie, Hello Kitty, Spider Man, Sponge Bob and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes, these perennial and retro toys and many others are back on children’s wish lists, Moree said.
Other popular requests include cars and DVDs, including hit movies “Planes” and “Despicable Me 2.”
Moree said they have to have all the hundreds of wishes filled in time for senior distribution on Dec. 18 and the bigger family distribution of goods and food on Dec. 19. As it did last year, this year’s Shallotte distribution will take place from the old pressroom at The Brunswick Beacon office on Smith Avenue.
Moree said they are grateful for any and all residents who are willing to get a wish-list name from BFA and fulfill recipients’ wishes.
For more information, call BFA during business hours at (910) 754-4766 or stop by the BFA office at 4600-8 Main Street in Shallotte.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email email@example.com.