A new committee under the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and Wabash Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) is planning to take on some of the activities once performed by Operation Elf in Wabash County this holiday season. The committee has renamed this project as Wabash County Christmas Promise. The primary purpose of the committee is to create a venue for anyone in the local Wabash County area to assist other county residents in need to provide gifts for their children during the Christmas season. The committee will be accepting only new toys and clothing for the children. They are asking those that may have used toys to donate them to locations like the Lighthouse Mission, Wabash County YMCA, or their local churches. No coats will be accepted this year by the committee. Donations of such items would be widely accepted at the Lighthouse Mission and distributed to any child in need of a warm coat as the weather begins to turn colder.
At this time, a few local churches are creating plans for the gathering and distribution of items. These plans are to be activated in the near future. Many volunteers will be needed. Any other churches, businesses, or individuals willing to help in this holiday season activity will be warmly welcomed. Volunteers interested in the Christmas Promise’s activities should contact the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce office at 260-563-1168, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Missy Lundmark, Jennifer McConahay, or Michelle Campbell will be contacting those that volunteer with further details after the initial contact is made.
Forms for those Wabash County residents requesting assistance of gifts for their children this year will be available online at www.wabashchamber.org. Paper forms will also be available in the near future at the following locations:
Wabash County Chamber of Commerce
First Farmers Bank & Trust
Ivy Tech Community College
Wabash County YMCA
Wabash Christian Church
The deadline to turn in the request form will be no later than midnight on Nov. 15.
The expected delivery date of gifts to the families will be no later than Dec. 21.