Rep. Mike Rogers: The Season of Giving Across East Alabama

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Every year during the Christmas season, I like to take some time to highlight a few of the great things folks are doing for each other across East Alabama.

Below is a small sampling of what is going on in the Third District. In Randolph County, the Pilot Club provides toys for less fortunate children in the area. Across Chambers County, the Christian Service Center provides food, clothing and gifts for families in need. In Macon County, the Tuskegee Fire Department participates in “Toys for Tots.” The City of Tuskegee and Town of Shorter employees adopt families through DHR for Christmas and the Macon County Ministers Council provides for families in need. In Talladega County, folks in Sylacauga participated in the Second Annual Stuff the Bus Food and Toy Drive.  Last year, the efforts fed more than 4,200 in December and provided more than 100 families with toys.  This year, the food and toy drive was triple last year’s totals.

In Talladega, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama gave toys and food items to needy families in the area. In Calhoun County, the Knox Concert Series in Anniston continued its four-decade tradition and held two school day performances of The Nutcracker for free for the third grade students in the area. In Montgomery County, at Pike Road Town Hall, hygiene and food items are being collected for the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System and the Food Pantry at Woodland United Methodist Church.  First Baptist Church (Ripley Street) ‘Meals on Wheels’ programs serve hundreds throughout the city. In Russell County, the Mayor’s Charity Ball in Phenix City provides annual scholarships to over 20 students in Russell County. Donations come from local business owners.

It is always amazing to me to see how much our brothers and sisters across East Alabama do for one another.  Let’s keep that spirit up throughout the year instead of just during the holidays.

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