The Children's Christmas Tree program will gather information for its 2019 program during an intake session slated Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The HOPE Center, 595 S. Ragsdale St. in Jacksonville.

Organizers ask that participants bring a copy of their pay stub and bills, along with a list of clothing sizes needed for all children who will benefit, to ensure proper fit. Children will not be allowed at the event, to expedited process.

Started in 1982 by Sandi Jeter, the program's goal is to ensure that local youngsters “get a visit from Santa,” said CCT president Janet McDaniel.

“This program is kept alive by the volunteers who organize it each year, helping keep the magic alive for the children of our town,” she said, adding that each year, approximately 300 children are sponsored by members of the community who “share the magic of Christmas by taking a name from (a donation) tree, located at local banks and shopping to fill wish lists.”

McDaniel stressed that the Nov. 2 intake session is the only date volunteers will be collecting information to create wish lists.

Meanwhile, volunteers – especially those who are bilingual – are sought.

Contact McDaniel at to learn more.

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