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Casper Area Christmas and Pay it Forward hosting holiday events for families in need

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 5:59 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper Pay it Forward and Casper Area Christmas have teamed up to host an event to give gifts and a Christmas dinner to children and families in need.

“I’m not going to sit there and say ‘oh sorry you can’t be in this program’ because he’s over 17 or she’s over a certain age. We’re willing to help anyone we can,” said Casper Area Christmas founder Christina Mackay.

Casper Pay it Forward began in 2018, that Christmas, they provided gifts to over 300 children. In 2020, Casper Area Christmas was founded and served 65 families. Both organizations are volunteer-based and funded by donations.

This year, they are seeking new or gently used toys, clothing, and books for children, pre-teens, and teenagers. Non-perishable items and food for Christmas dinners are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at a variety of stores around Casper.

“We have a lot of teenage kids that we don’t get many donations for. One of the biggest things is hoodies, the girls and boys love their hoodies. Jogging pants, tennis shoes, and fuzzy blankets are also some of the items we don’t normally get,” said Mackay.

Families can sign up to ask for specific gifts and have a Christmas dinner until Dec. 15. To sign up contact Britnay Kleiner at payitforwardchristmasevent@gmail.com or Christina Mackay at christinasullivan1013@gmail.com.

There will be two days Casper Area Christmas is passing out donations and food. On Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hangar in Bar Nunn families that signed up can receive their items. On Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Dsasumo Thai and Sushi families that did not sign up can come in to pick up items. Christina and Britnay are also willing to drop off donations for those who cannot make the events.

Both groups are want to continue growing and serving the community.

“I don’t like to see any child not getting something either for Christmas, or a birthday, or whatever it may be, so hopefully, within the next year we’re going to expand it and even move up to getting our own office space and be able to help all year-round and keep it within Natrona County,” said Mackay.

Casper Area Christmas and Casper Pay it Forward can be contacted on Facebook for more information.

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