Christmas comes to the Yadkin Valley through two different events on July 14.
Continuing the Secret Santa experience started last winter, the gang anticipates the arrival of Santa in spite of the heat.
“We are all in this together,” said organizer Andy Martin, former resident of Elkin who returns frequently to visit relatives.
Martin began the local Secret Santa program after the success of a similar program to help children in Puerto Rico receive a Christmas experience in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo.
After gathering a significant amount of gift cards in the amount of $25, most of which Martin then personally distributed to families on the island, he realized the impact a similar program could make closer to home with a little help.
“People in the Yadkin Valley were so giving to the children of Puerto Rico I couldn’t help myself when I was asked to help them,” said a gentleman in a red suit who wished to remain anonymous.
Repeating the local Christmas morning program, Secret Santas are asked to bring a gift bag with a $25 gift card in it and an address for someone to whom it is to be delivered to the Reeves Theater at 8 a.m. July 14.
The bags will be exchanged and then delivered allowing individuals the opportunity to give anonymously to friends, neighbors, teachers, coworkers and other community members in need.
After deliveries are made, Secret Santas will be invited to gather at 150 E. Main St. in Jonesville for a potluck meal.
“We can sit together and share our life experiences and love of our beloved community,” said Martin.
Those who would like to participate can drop their gifts with address at either Dirty Joe’s downtown at 132 E. Market St. or Dirty Joe’s North at 1829 N. Bridge St.
Gift cards for groceries, fuel, restaurants, shopping and other needs will be accepted without addresses to distribute throughout the community.
“Our hometown needs us to bring it in a big way,” said Martin.
Future Christmas needs also are being anticipated July 14 as Mercy and Truth Ministries (MTM) hosts a Christmas in July Cruise-in at Thanks To Calvary Baptist Church located at 1522 Austin Traphill Road.
Accepting food and pantry items as well as children’s toys and donations for the MTM Christmas program, which serves Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, the day is hoped to be filled with classic cars and classy people fulfilling cautious dreams of families in need.
Tasty treats and live music will entertain while door prizes and a cake auction entertain those seeking the excitement of Christmas morning.
For more information, call 336-469-6976.
“Love knows no boundaries and need doesn’t discriminate,” said Martin as he anticipated the joy to be received by the generosity of residents of the Yadkin Valley.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.