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The 9th Annual Patchwork Re-gifting event

The 9th Annual Patchwork Re-gifting event, where children ages four to 12, have the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts to give, is scheduled for Saturday, December 2 at the DeKalb County Complex from 8 a.m.-1p.m.

The children shop at no charge, but families must pre-register their children in order to be eligible for a chance to receive a door prize.

Re-gifting gives children ages four to 12 an opportunity to shop for their parents or caregivers at no cost. The gifts are then wrapped, tagged and prepared for Christmas giving.

Donations are collected throughout the year for this event so that those who can’t afford to buy gifts can still share in the joy of giving by re-gifting something.

“We let kids come in and shop for their parents or caregivers. It’s not income based. It’s for anybody. They shop for free, wrap the presents, and fill out the card,” said Kim Walker, who organizes the annual event.

The children are then asked to prepare a blessing bag to be given to others. This year, children will help assemble Blessing Bags for local veterans.

If you, or someone you know, can help with the items for the Veterans blessing bags, the following items are needed: shampoo/conditioner, soap and body wash, shaving cream, perfume, body spray, hand sanitizer, lotion, socks, slippers, flip flops, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cough drops, combs/brushes, gloves, hats, scarves, T-shirts, sweaters, chapstick, non-perishable snacks, restaurant gift cards and anything that will fit in a medium size gift bag,

Walker said the hope is the children take home more than that. “We’re trying to share God’s love with kids to plant a seed so that no matter how old they are they always remember to help somebody else”.

The kids and other volunteers will also decorate a quilt square. “After they decorate the quilt squares we put them together and donate the quilt to somebody who needs a blessing in the community due to a health or life challenging issue,” said Walker. Again, you may contact the event organizers to nominate someone for the quilt.

If you need more information or would like to volunteer call or text Chelsye Madden at 931-247-3369 or Joanna Fuson at 615-517-9100. Please no calls after 5 p.m. You may also call Amber Adams at 615-684-5798 from 6-8 p.m. Email or visit.