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SAAC and Christmas Cheer for Children Collaborate for Holiday Good Will

By Alyssa Fox on 12/11/2017 Panhandle State SAAC members Seth Howlett and Madison Linton present Charity Hitch with a check for Christmas Cheer for Children. - Courtesy photo Panhandle State SAAC members Seth Howlett and Madison Linton present Charity Hitch with a check for Christmas Cheer for Children. - Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla.—During a time when the gift of giving is on our minds, many children still go without the hope of presents on Christmas. Charity Hitch of Guymon, Oklahoma, set out to change that and founded the Christmas Cheer for Children charity and has been providing toys and winter clothing to children in need for the last six years.

When Hitch learned that over 350 local panhandle children would be without toys on Christmas, she called the Department of Human Services to explore her options of assistance. Christmas Cheer for Children allows parents to fill out request forms and, if the qualifications are met, their children can make a wish-list of the toys or clothing they would most appreciate over the holiday. Toys and monetary contributions can be donated to the CCC itself, and The Department of Human Services also accepts monetary donations through their offices and have a special account set up with CCC so that all donations go directly to the charity. Donations are used to purchase toys, winter coats, hats and gloves, and warm pants and shirts.

Panhandle State University SAAC advisor Russell Gaskamp had first become aware of the CCC last year when he and his wife Justine became a host couple for the charity. This year, Gaskamp decided to go above and beyond and partnered with the CCC to donate all proceeds from the Panhandle State campus' SAAC Penny Wars, a total of over $275. Student Athlete Advisory Committee President, junior Maddy Linton, was excited to be able to donate the Penny Wars profits to such an honorable cause, "I'm thankful that every team was able to pull together and donate that money to a great charity."

For all those looking to help out families with children in need, Angel Trees are still up at Citi Bank and Hitch Enterprises in Guymon, and individuals can also still donate to CCC or drop off toys at Hitch Enterprises to spread a little Christmas love that will be dearly treasured.