KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The people of Kennett are decking the halls in anticipation of their annual Community Christmas Party.
The 12th annual Community Christmas Party is Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 300 College.
Volunteer Melinda Harris said it's an event they look forward to every year. Last year they served 2,000 people with meals and presents.
The event is open to everyone in Kennett and the surrounding areas, and Harris said the best part is there are no guidelines or requirements for anyone to attend.
Families are invited to enjoy a meal then children and parents/guardians are separated for gifts.
Children are able to go into a room and pick out a gift for their parents, and parents are able to go to a room with gifts appropriate for babies to teenagers and get gifts for their kids.
"It's great seeing the kids choosing for adults," Harris said. "They love it."
There are 3 different parties on Saturday. The first begins at 9 a.m., the second at 11 a.m., and the third at 1 p.m.
Harris said it takes about $15,000 in donations to get enough gifts for the event and they also raise funds for food.
It's a group effort. Harris said all area churches, school groups, Girl and Boy Scout troops, and community members contribute to allow for this Christmas party.
Any remaining gifts go to a needy family or schoolchildren. Harris said no dollar or gift goes unused.
At the end of the party, families leave with full stomachs, gifts, and a blanket donated by the Catholic Church.
If your family would like to attend, the final day to register is Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the United Migrant Opportunity Services' office located at 812 A Lester St. in Kennett.
Harris said if you are not able to register by Wednesday it is okay. She said come to the church around 2 p.m. on Saturday and they will accommodate anyone.
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