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Sunday school collects for Crisis Center and Salvation Army

Published 12:21pm Thursday, November 1, 2012

The season of giving is here, and a Sunday school class of 9- and 10-year-olds is starting it off with a clothing, food and gift drive for the Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center and the Salvation Army.

“The kids are very excited about this,” said Stacy Radcliffe, whose Cornerstone Ministries Sunday school class came up with the idea to collect donations from the community. “They wanted to give back this year to kids who are less fortunate than they are.”

The class is asking for donations of food, as well as clothing and gifts for children ages 2–18. Donation locations include Town & Country Cleaners and Larry’s General Merchandise in Alexander City; Movie Time and Stacy’s Loks of Hope in Dadeville; and Riverbend Gas and Grocery on U.S. Highway 280.

“I’m always extremely humbled when anybody thinks to organize their business or their youth group to benefit those who we’re trying to serve,” said Marla Browne, director of the Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center.

Browne said her organization has partnered with the Salvation Army to meet the needs of the community.

The drive begins Nov. 1, and Radcliffe said they will collect the donation boxes Dec. 7.

James Burkhalter, minister at Cornerstone Ministries, said he was proud of the children for taking the initiative.

“We hope everybody will come out and participate,” Burkhalter said. “I hope (the children) are good examples for the next age group … I hope it’s something they pass down to their age group as they move along.”

Radcliffe said donated gifts may be wrapped or not, but if they are wrapped, they should be marked with age and gender. Clothing may be new or gently used; gifts may also be gently used, but should be in their original packaging.

“I think we are born with the idea to want to be able to help those in need,” Browne said. “My hat is off to Mrs. Radcliffe for promoting the children to think like that.”

Radcliffe said they will also have donation jars in various locations for people to give change. She will take the children to purchase gifts with the money after collection Dec. 7.

“It’s the first time they’ve shown their own drive to do something bigger,” Radcliffe said.

For more information on the drive, call Radcliffe at 256-825-9555.