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Local women support ‘Salvation’ Christmas

The Junto Woman’s Club of Suffolk has helped bring more holiday cheer to children in need this Christmas with dolls, stockings and more for the Suffolk Salvation Army.

The club, which has roughly 68 active members, met for its November meeting at St. John’s Parish House on Monday with guest speaker and Salvation Army Mission Specialist Keana Johnson. Members collectively donated 20 dolls and packed 14 jumbo-sized stockings for girls and boys alike.

The Salvation Army provided these jumbo-sized Christmas stockings and requested that they be filled for either a little girl or boy from ages 0 to 12. Club members were eager to fill them with toys, books, candy and more.

“If they had had more stockings (to give), then we would have taken more,” said Janet Wynn, co-chair of the club’s home life committee. “Everyone wants to take a stocking.”

Members also took names of those in need of Christmas joy from the “Angel Tree.”

The club has supported the Salvation Army’s holiday programs for the last 40 years, working in the fall to help stuff stockings, dress dolls and stock the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Store.

According to Johnson, the Salvation Army will have at least 300 dolls this year for children across the city, and families citywide will benefit from the various projects.

“The best way I can describe it is giving hope,” Johnson said, especially for those that struggle with money or depression around the holidays. “We do the best we can with what we are given.”

Gifts will be distributed to families on Dec. 17-18 by appointment, Johnson said. This may extend into Dec. 19 depending on how many families show up.

“It certainly makes me wish we could do more,” Wynn said. “I didn’t realize that there were this many that needed assistance. You just always feel guilty that you haven’t done more, so maybe we can up the number of dolls and stockings next year.”

Junto Woman’s Club of Suffolk, of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, meets on the third Monday each month at St. John’s Episcopal, 828 Kings Highway. New members are always welcome.

Contact June Felton at 718-2013 or whfelton@verizon.net for more information.