By Vera Lloyd

    Thank you to everyone who bought gifts, fulfilled a wish list, coordinated angel trees and donated funds and gift cards for the boys and girls at Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services.

    Your support helped fulfill childhood wishes that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

    “The girls had a blast,” said Pettus house parent Kacey Butler. “You could hear the excited voices all over the house while they opened gifts.”A Beats headphone, iPod, and Kindle Fire tablet were a few of the electronics that girls received. Other gifts included bikes, clothes, candy and gift cards.Every time Angela opened a gift she’d say, “How did they know this is my favorite!?” She was especially elated after unwrapping a CD by her favorite band, One Direction.

    Andre and Cynthia Lattimore, house parents at the Walton Home, woke up all eight boys—ages 15 to 18—at 7 a.m. for Christmas. They were excited and happy to see gifts under the tree. They opened boxes with clothes, shoes, socks, jackets, backpacks and luggage. Later, they joined together for a Christmas brunch of ham, dressing, macaroni and cheese and rolls. One of the boys said, “I am happy to be at Vera Lloyd. Some people in the Division of Youth Services’ care don’t have the opportunities we have at Vera Lloyd. We’re lucky to be able to celebrate Christmas this year.”

    Thank you for changing the lives for boys and girls at Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services.

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