STGnews Videocast: Coins for Kids gift wrapping; holiday volunteer opportunities still available

SOUTHERN UTAH – Hundreds of volunteers showed up at the Dixie Center Thursday to help wrap a plethora of gifts collected for Coins for Kids.

Volunteers took time off of work and school to participate. Jill Davenport, whose  family has been taking part in Coins for Kids for over 12 years, said: “Its tradition that we come wrap every year … I work at the college they know I’m going to come late on this date because this is what we do. My kids miss school for awhile, and we love doing it. Its tradition at our house.”

There was also a great diversity of gift wrappers, as old and young, school children and retirees participated. Josephine Kellejan from France said she heard about the event in the newspaper and decided to join in. ” I like it, I like doing it,” she said.

Keith Johnson, a member of the board overseeing the Coins for Kids charity, explained the process behind the gift wrapping. He said 132 tables were set up at which volunteers wrap presents for certain families. Once wrapped the gifts are then placed in a numbered bag that will be delivered to a candidate family by a volunteer Santa on Friday.

“That’s kind of what we do,” Johnson said.

Aside from Kony’s Coins for Kids, additional holiday volunteer opportunities are still available, and are listed under the video.

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Video by Sarafina Amodt, St. George News

Volunteer opportunities still available in the community:

Zion Canyon Food/Coat/Blanket Drive in Springdale 

Friday is the last day for the Fifth Annual Zion Canyon Food/Coat/Blanket drive to support Dixie Care and Share.

Julie Hancock, director of the Canyon Community Center, said in an email: “If you have not had a chance to donate, please drop off your donations at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale. Thanks to all of you that have already donated. It’s a giving time of year, and that includes those less fortunate than ourselves. Merry Christmas to everyone!”

The Canyon Community Center is located at 126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale, and will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Center’s website of call 435-772-3434.

Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Followship

Though Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Followship is not holding any event specific to Christmas, Pastor Jimi Kestin invites the public to participate in the church’s weekly Sunday Feast.

Kestin said up to 100 meals are served each week at the Solomon’s Porch Fourquare for individuals in need. He estimated the church has served close to 5,000 meals thus far. For people interested in lending a hand on Sunday, he said, “We always find ways to add people who want to help.”

The Sunday Feast is served at noon on Sundays at Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Followship, 410 East Tabernacle, St. George. Prospective volunteers can contact Kestin at 435-669-8153 for more details.

Dixie Care & Share Christmas Day Dinner at the Dixie Center

The Dixie Center Care & Share will be holding a Christmas Day Dinner at the Dixie Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals interested in volunteering can email byubrowns@gmail.com for details.

Jae Maxfield, Dixie Care & Share’s executive director, said the event has taken place for many years at the Dixie Center, and estimated around 1,000 people were fed last year.

“It’s a thank you to the community,” he said. The public is free to attend the dinner, as is anyone in need of a meal.

The Dixie Center is located at 1835 South Convention Center Drive, St. George.

St. George News Reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this article.

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