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KCM seeks gifts for children, seniors

November 26, 2018

Becce Slinkard, secretary of the board of directors of Katy Christian Ministries, has been Santa’s helper for the last nine years or so.

She’s coordinating this year the nonprofit’s Santa’s Sleigh program, which has 700 youngsters signed up in hopes that Santa might remember them at Christmas.

“We had more children signed up than we’ve had in the past,” she said. The total is about 200 more than last year. The program is open to children of KCM clients up to age 18. KCM also has 24 senior citizens hoping to receive a gift from Santa.

People can visit www.ktcm.org/santassleigh for information and to register to adopt a child or senior. Dec. 3 is the deadline to adopt, she said.

KCM is looking for people willing to shop for a child, said Slinkard. “Parents have filled out wish lists for children,” she explained. Those wish lists are sent to people who sign up to adopt a child. “Wish lists sometimes are very generic and sometimes specific,” said Slinkard. “A child may have asked for something real expensive but we do not expect a donor to purchase that.”

People are asked to bring unwrapped gifts in large plastic bags to Trinity Faith Church, 5900 10th St, Katy, between noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8. Volunteers will check the bags to make sure that toys are appropriate for the youngsters, she said. Also, some children in one family may be adopted by different gift-givers. The goal is to ensure that all children in the family are treated equally in terms of the gifts they receive, explained Slinkard, who’s in her first year serving on the board and is a representative of Family Life Assembly of God.

Slinkard first became acquainted with Santa’s Sleigh when friends took her to the bag check. There probably were 300 bags for volunteers to check. “This year we’ll have over 600 bags to check. It’s a lot of work,” she said. “It takes a lot of people. I enjoy being part of it.” People interested in volunteering to help are asked to visit www.ktcm.org to sign up and for details.

Generally, for the most part, teens request gift cards, she continued. “Most teens like to pick out their own stuff.”

Gifts will be distributed Dec. 14 to the client families participating in the program.

Bicycles, tricycles and wagons should be delivered already assembled and labeled with the child’s name and adoption number. Slinkard said in years past an anonymous benefactor used to donate up to 200 bikes each Christmas. “We no longer have that person,” she added.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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