298. A Kennett Christmas for All

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On Saturday, at First United Methodist Church, in Kennett, Christmas was all about the other person. The bulletin cover on Sunday morning reflected that sentiment. They opened their doors to over 1800 persons who had registered for their Annual Christmas Party. For one day the church was converted into a shopping mall. Part of the church became a huge toy store. There were tables piled high with toys for boys or girls in every age group where preregistered parents could pick out one toy for each of their children. The tables were completely restocked throughout the day. The amazing thing to the parents was that there was no cash register. The children of parents were escorted by a whole cadre of youth volunteers to rooms to select presents for moms and dads. The gifts selected they lined up at the gift wrapping section of the church. While families waited for their turn to shop there were hot dogs and other goodies along with various party activities to add to the joy of the event.

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