2011-10-20 / Front Page

Huddle House gears up for Secret Santa program

Employees of the Huddle House are once again holding a toy drive for the needy children of the community, ages 2 through 14.

This marks the fifth year the business has sponsored a “Secret Santa” program in Lincoln County.

In November of 2007, employees sprang into action when they realized that no one was spearheading a Secret Santa program in the community. Due to their efforts and the generosity of the citizens of the county, 113 children had a Christmas that year they will never forget.

Subsequently, with strong support from the community, the program served 169 children in 2008, 149 in 2009, and 188 in 2010.

With the depressed economy, organizers speculate that the number of children participating in Secret Santa 2011 could run well over 200.

“The program has been a great success,” said Richard Brown, owner of the Huddle House. “I’m so proud of our employees and the community at large for making it a priority during the holidays. We look forward to giving to our children each year.”

Rounding up enough toys and gifts for so many children seems overwhelming, especially during these hard times, but Brown and his employees are more than equal to the task.

As a special promotion, the restaurant is offering to send a coupon for a free breakfast or a kid’s meal along with the toys and gifts when an individual or group donates either $25 worth of toys or makes a $25 contribution to the program.

In other comments, Brown said, “We realize that things are tough economically for just about everybody in our community – families are going to have very little if any left over for the ‘extras.’ But, if each individual can contribute just a little, we should have more than enough to make this a good Christmas for the children in our county who are in need.

“The success of the program depends solely on contributions from individuals, businesses, and other groups in the community,” he continued. “We have to do something to provide gifts for those children who would otherwise receive nothing for Christmas.”

Brown added that the Huddle House hopes to break its record for donations this year. “We’d like to thank everyone in advance for their help,” he said.

During the next few weeks, local residents are encouraged to drop off new toys or monetary contributions at the Huddle House or The Lincoln Journal to ensure that each and every child in the county has the merriest of Christmases.

Monetary donations may likewise be hand delivered to Farmers State Bank or mailed to the bank at P.O. Box 99, Lincolnton, Georgia, 30817. Please make checks payable to the “Secret Santa Fund.”

To submit a child’s name for inclusion in the program, parents or guardians may obtain an application at the Huddle House, which is open 24 hours a day, with the exception of from 12 until 6 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

The applications will be available beginning Monday, October 31. They must be returned to the restaurant by Saturday, December 17.

For more information about the Secret Santa Program, contact Richard Brown at 706-359-5360, Lisa Brown at 706-513-2021, or Dot Columbro at 706-359-6240.

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