More than 400 children will have a merrier Christmas thanks to the efforts of the .
The department's 2011 Empty Stocking Drive provided gifts for a total of 427 children — 195 orders through Barrow Holiday Connection, a volunteer effort of local schools, churches, the and , and 232 department applications.
"Even in these difficult financial times the citizens of Winder and our business community opened their hearts for our Empty Stocking Drive," said in a news release. "All of us are blessed to work in a community where giving is a way of life."
The Winder Fire Department would like to thank the following:
- Residents of Winder
- in Winder
- Villas of Winder
- Jug Tavern Square Dancers
- Park Place, Windermere, Brighton Pointe, Paris Pointe, Waverly Place, St. Ives, Chestnut Ridge, Overlook and Bellingrath Plantation subdivisions
- Phillips Transitions Center in Buford
- Beta Club
- Family Dollar Store
- Dollar General Store
- Those who provided cash and toy donations
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