Marshall Co. Christmas Coalition makes holiday brighter for nearly 2,000 kids

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Volunteers and Marshall County are coming together to make nearly 2,000 Christmases even brighter.

A warehouse in Marshall County is the headquarters to make wishes come true.

It's packed full of black trash bags, with names taped to the front. They are lined up in rows, and as the day progresses residents from Marshall County tote more in.

Each bag is bulging with wishes, to be opened on December 25th.

But, that much-anticipated holiday is still days away, and the team that makes up the Marshall County Christmas Coalition is working against the clock.

"Marshall County Christmas Coalition helps provide needy families that live in Marshall County with Christmas assistance," Executive Director Beth Sprouse said.

Volunteers start preparing after Labor Day.  The coalition vets applicants and works with agencies to determine qualified families.

In September, nearly 2,000 children qualified for assistance this holiday.  The Coalition immediately got to work.

"Around the first of November, there were 987, I think was the number," Sprouse said.

That number continued to dwindle as December approached. "Last Thursday we were down to 93. When I left the office that afternoon we had three children left," Sprouse says.

One day later, those last three kids got sponsored too. "It's amazing how wonderful and giving people are in Marshall County," Sprouse says,"Amazing."

From nearly 2,000 kids to none. That's a lot of work -- and a county that understands the spirit of giving.

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