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All stockings filled in holiday charity

Every child on one of Colleton’s charitable Christmas lists was adopted this holiday.
The “Fill the Stocking” community charity provided gifts for dozens of children this holiday season. The “Fill the Stocking” charity has replaced the county’s former and annual Colleton Cares Program, which was operated by the now-closed United Way. When the United Way closed its doors earlier this year, the Colleton Cares Program was renamed the “Fill the Stocking” holiday drive, and was adopted by the Colleton County First Steps Program. The project is now being directed by Colleton County’s First Steps Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Cindy Dickerson.
“It turned out exceptionally well,” Dickerson said, of this year’s “Fill the Stocking” project.
In all, 104 families and 235 children were adopted by the community for Christmas. Each of the gifts were distributed to these families last Tuesday and Thursday. The entire toy and clothing collection was supplied by the Colleton community. A complete list of all donors, including individuals, businesses and churches, will be printed in the coming issue of The Colletonian.
According to Dickerson, the First Steps Board of Director has decided that the “Fill the Stockings” project will be an annual event. “Everybody in Colleton County was so good to us, and to those in need,” she said. “The outpouring of support was phenomenal. Colleton County really stepped up for the children.”
Those who received gifts and clothing as part of this holiday drive ranged in age from newborns to age 11, and were chosen by the Colleton County Department of Social Services.

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