HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Early Thursday morning, volunteers started turning the Historic Roundhouse Depot into a workshop that would make Santa Claus smile.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” laughed Nikki Thompson Frazier, the Executive Director of Christmas Charities Year Round. “We are celebrating Christmas in July with our Christmas in July Gala.”
With holiday cheer hanging from the trees, Frazier and her staff checked their lists twice to make sure they thought of everything for the first ever Christmas in July Gala.
It’s to raise money to help some 5,000 in Madison County year round.
“We provide basic necessities,” said Frazier. “Clothes, shoes, household items, furniture. Back to school is coming up. We provide uniforms.” (The deadline to apply for school supplies through Christmas Charities’ “Look Sharp, Feel Sharp” is Friday, July 18th by 4:30pm. Click here for the application to fill out online or visit their office at 2840 Jordan Lane. Their phone number is 256-837-2373.)
Frazier said sponsors have already given $20,000 going into the event Thursday night.
She’s hopeful the $50 tickets (still available at the door) and silent auction will bring in another $10,000 to help children.
“Forty dollars of that $50 ticket is going to be tax deductible, which means that money is going to literally help each child that we serve this year,” said Frazier.
And that will no doubt make the guest celebrities of the evening smile.
“We are taking pictures with Santa,” Frazier said with a big smile. “We have a red carpet tonight with a nice cool backdrop, so you can pose for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus or pose with your friends.
Children are welcome to come, but their tickets will not be discounted. Before the event, the organization had sold 230 tickets, but they can accommodate 400 guests.
Christmas Charities Year Round is celebrating 65 years of service.
WHNT NEWS 19’s Greg Screws will be a guest host.