The spirit of holiday giving is in full swing in Greenbrier County. Families affected by the thousand year flood will be able to have a merry Christmas. In the space next to Dream Weavers in downtown White Sulphur Springs, Christmas ornaments and gifts are available for flood victims. Brenda Lovelace is one of those flood victims who stopped by to get gifts and holiday decorations. She told us “his sister was in the flood and she has 3 kids. And so, uh, they’re still waiting on uh some help. And so we came in and got them some supplies today.”
They have clothes, coats, blankets, unwrapped toys and Christmas decorations in addition to the presents and ornaments. Brenda Lovelace added ” there’s a lot of loss that’s still going on and you get the warmth and the feelings from all the different volunteers that I’ve met” The donation center is run by a local volunteer, Tyler Hagemo, he knows that not everything is replaceable. He said ” One of the things that people don’t realize is like when you have a tree and you have your ornaments. You know, every, a lot of those ornaments, everyone is a memory. You can think back to the Christmas you got it and what was going on and stuff like that, and that stuff is beyond you know replaceable.”
Brenda picked up a few dolls for the children, and she knows they will be happy to open them. She said ” it gives them a wonderful feeling especially because they lost so much. They lost uh, you know, things that are not replaceable.” The presents are one per child for the moment. The Donation center is open through Thursday and all flood victims are able to get free Christmas gifts for their kids.