PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg Women’s Club held its monthly meeting to discuss upcoming fundraisers and the Christmas in the Park program on Thursday. The club is a group of women who live and work in the community who want to do service and give back to the citizens they call neighbors.
Prestonsburg Director of Tourism Mitchell Pearson was a special guest at the meeting. Pearson spoke about various tourism topics. He talked to the club about tour bus groups that are stopping in Prestonsburg to take advantage of what the City of Prestonsburg and Eastern Kentucky have to offer. The Battle of Middle Creek, the Mountain Arts Center, Jenny Wiley Theater and the Loretta Lynn Homeplace are a few of the stops the tour groups make.
A major topic of the meeting was the Prestonsburg Women’s Club’s Christmas in the Park program.
“Christmas in the Park is looked forward to by many people in Floyd County,” said Judy Howell of the Prestonsburg Women’s Club. “Every gift is a $10 gift. The majority of the kids and families who participate in Christmas in the Park are the families that fall through the cracks. Most of the families are the ones who don’t benefit from social workers bringing gifts. They are the families who work hard to pay bills and barely get by. The families make enough to get by but need just a little help making Christmas special and that’s what we want to do. We want to help make Christmas a little easier for those families.”
The members discussed the calendar fundraiser they are working on to raise funds.
At this time, the group estimates that it is short approximately 200 gifts for Christmas in the Park. Gifts for children under two years of age, girls age 11-12 and boys ages 9-10 are the items most needed. Members suggest not giving gifts requiring batteries.
Christmas in the Park is tentatively scheduled for December 8.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.