Second Chance prepares for holiday season

By Martin Graham -

With Halloween season nearly gone, the Second Chance Center of Hope is looking toward the holidays and is preparing to help families around the community receive items they need during this special season.

“The responsibility of the ‘Clearing House’ is to ensure that all families within the county receive needed items during this holiday season,” Second Chance Center of Hope Coordinator Chiquita Nash said this week. “Our goal is to try to help as many families as we can for Christmas. We want to make certain that families do not receive duplicated donations.”

This is culminating in the annual SOCKS program where residents can help needy families by making monetary donations for toys and food baskets.

“We will also be taking the names of the elderly and needy families from agencies, churches and community organizations,” Nash said this week. “We will then distribute names to anyone who would like to assist. We are asking that any family who receives a donation gives their name to the clearing house to insure even distribution. There is a sign-up box for the SOCKS (gifts) program in the lobby at the Fayette County Department of Job and Family Services (133 S. Main St., Washington Court House) and will remain there through November 20. You may also register at Second Chance Center of Hope (420 W. Oakland Ave.).”

Names will also be taken for food distribution starting this Monday, Nov. 2 through Nov. 20. Monetary donations may be made payable to S.O.C.K.S. (for toys), 733 St. Rt. 41, Washington C.H., OH 43160 or Clearing House Baskets (for food), 420 W. Oakland Ave., Washington C.H., OH 43160, C/O Chiquita Nash.

“Together we can all make this holiday season a little brighter for our Fayette County families,” Nash said.

Additionally, Nash previewed the upcoming third-annual Dinner of Hope on Saturday, Nov. 14, which will be held virtually from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church at 175 Halliday Way in Washington C.H.

“People will have to drive through to get their meal due to COVID-19,” Nash said. “Tickets for the meal are 15 dollars, which can be picked up at Second Chance. Along with that we are having a 50/50 raffle drawing with tickets for 10 dollars each and at the end someone could win quite a decent amount of money. We also will be having a pies and cakes auction, and anyone who wants to donate will be helping to raise money for Second Chance. We are also having an online auction — a silent auction — from 9 a.m. on November 14th until 9 p.m. Right now we are up to 50 or 60 items and we are getting more donations daily. We are just trying to do this in a safe way.”

The information in this article was provided by Chiquita Nash, Second Chance Center of Hope coordinator. Stay with the Record-Herald for more coverage of Second Chance in a future edition of the paper.

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By Martin Graham