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Help Agency moving Christmas program

HELP MAKE CHRISTMAS MERRY for 682 children who come from less fortunate homes. The Grady County Help Agency is once again sponsoring its annual Christmas project and Walmart is a booster. A Christmas tree has been erected at Walmart that contains toy tags. Shoppers are encouraged to choose a tag, buy an age-appropriate toy, and leave them with a store associate. The toys and holiday groceries for pre-registered clients will be distributed by Help Agency volunteers on December 20. Shown are Walma

A flea infestation at the Grady County Agri-Center has prompted Help Agency officials to move the annual holiday distribution of contributed food and toys to another location.
Originally scheduled to be held at the Agri-Center on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, the Help Agency Christmas program will take place at the Grady Cultural Center, 101 First Street N.W., one block west of the Zebulon Theater.
Grady County Building and Grounds Superintendent Brian Harrison says Astro Exterminating has been battling the pests since just after Thanksgiving.
“We are going to spray again tomorrow (Wednesday) and Friday, but I think we’ve pretty much got it under control now,” Harrison said Tuesday.
The fleas have for the most part been eliminated inside the building, but are still being found in the parking lot and underneath the building.
Harrison says a dead cat was discovered underneath the facility, but he cannot say for certain what caused the infestation.
Although county officials believe the situation has been resolved inside, Help Agency Treasurer Cindy Johnson told The Messenger Tuesday the agency could not risk spreading the fleas to Help Agency Volunteers and needy families by having the event at the Agri-Center.
Volunteers will begin assembling the gift packs on Monday.
Mrs. Johnson said that 706 families have preregistered for the Christmas project and toys will be distributed to 341 boys and 341 girls.
“This is the first time we’ve ever had an exactly even number of boys and girls,” Mrs. Johnson said.
The distribution will take placed from 9 a.m. until noon at the Grady Cultural Center on Dec. 20 and Help Agency officials say the new location features plenty of on site parking.
However, the agency remains short of the necessary toys needed to accommodate the preregistered families. A Christmas tree has been erected at Walmart that contains shopping tags. Local shoppers are encouraged to choose a tag, buy an age-appropriate toy, and leave it with a store associate.
For more information, call 229-377-5048.

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