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Clothing, Christmas efforts deliver hope, joy

Kirt Manion
These are just some of the toys that brightened the lives of kids whose families have been effected by historic flooding.

Holiday efforts aimed to reduce discomfort for flood effected residents as recovery continues from the historic flooding of 2019.

A clothing give away was hosted at the United Faith Church in Sidney on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 26 through 28.

Mike Crecelius of Fremont County Emergency Management said 10-12 volunteers

assisted 150 to 175 residents

in finding needed clothing items.

The volunteers sorted and labled clothes and put them out on tables so that the right clothing could be located quickly. Those volunteers also repacked the remaining clothes after the conclusion of the event.

A free will offering was taken for the clothes and Crecelius said about $100 was donated to a charitable cause.

Another event is being planned for the future. Crecelius additional clothing donations are not needed at this time.

A separate event with a specific Christmas purpose rose the spirits of flood effected residents just ahead of the holiday.

Crecelius said he was contacted by the Salvation Army about toys which were available to be given away.

The toys were delivered to the Fremont County Emergency Management office near Sidney.

The Salvation Army also supplied Christmas hams.

Roush Construction added to the cause with a donation used to buy turkeys. The donated funds didn’t cover the entire cost of the turkeys, but Sidney Foods covered the rest of the cost.

Toys and turkeys/hams were given to flood effected families beginning the Thursday before Christmas and continuing through Christmas Eve.

Crecelius said he enjoyed being part of something that brought joy to families and, especially, to children who were looking at a bleak Christmas this year.

“I had a lot of fun with the kids.

The kids weren’t really expecting anything,” Crecelius said. “I saw quite a few tears, but there were a lot of hugs and thank yous,” Crecelius said.