According to Malinda Harris, chairperson for the event, there will be three separate parties beginning at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Participation has proven strong within the community this year, as Harris notes several additional school groups, businesses, and churches have become involved for the first time.
The Community Christmas Party is a joint effort that celebrates the season of giving which allows needy families of the area to visit the church where different rooms are designated as adult gift rooms and children's toy rooms.
The way that it works is that parents will visit the children's rooms where gifts are selected for their children and in turn, the children will then be escorted to the adult room by a volunteer where they will select a gift for their parents.
After all the gifts were selected, individuals will have the opportunity to have them gift wrapped at the many gift wrapping stations that will be set up for the event.
This year will mark the 11th year for the Community Christmas Party and according to Harris is a joint effort among various groups including local churches, civic groups, middle school and high school organizations, several businesses, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and people who need community service hours.
Registration for the event is being coordinated through the Migrant Whole Health Outreach in Kennett which is located at 810 Lester Street. Although most people who will participate in the event will pre-register, Harris notes that if someone wants to attend the party but has not registered will be welcome at the 3 p.m. party.
"Anyone wishing to attend the party that did not have a chance to get registered is welcome to come to the party at 3 p.m.," she said, adding, " We typically have many gifts to choose from and they are welcome to come through at 3 p.m." Harris added, "We have not ever turned anyone away saying that we have no gifts left. We have always been able to help everyone attending the party and even some extras."
Continuing, Harris noted that they are still in need of monetary donations so if anyone is interested in contributing monetarily, please send the donation to Migrant Whole Health Outreach, Attention: Community Christmas Party, 810 Lester Street, Kennett, Mo., 63857.
The First United Methodist Christian Life Center, where the party will be hosted, is located at the corner of College and Washington Streets in Kennett. Parking directly in front of the facility is limited but there is space next to the church and behind the building.
If more information is needed, Harris may be contacted at (573) 344-0775.