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|Something new to Share the Spirit|
"It's something new this year, added to all the favorites we include every year!"
Christy Montgomery, Case Manager of The Wellspring "Winnsboro office, is excitedly sharing plans for The Wellspring's Franklin Parish holiday event, Share the Spirit."
Each year, The Wellspring hosts the Franklin Parish Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony as part of their Share the Spirit fundraiser benefiting homeless Franklin families. The ceremony is scheduled this year for Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in Patriot Square. The event features children's choirs and much more (a full list is given below).
But there is a new feature this year as well, says Montgomery: "The Wellspring is excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Princess Theatre to begin what we hope will be a new Christmas tradition for Winnsboro families. On December 2nd we invite families and people of all ages to enjoy the Franklin Parish Tree Lighting then come out of the cool evening air and settle into the warm theatre as we watch a holiday movie together at the Princess. Tim Allen's comedy "The Santa Clause" is the scheduled feature. There will be no charge for admission; however, donations will be accepted at the door. This holiday, get into the spirit of the season in Franklin Parish, where it just feels like an old-fashioned Christmas."
Before the event, everyone is encouraged to get involved by sponsoring a light on the community Christmas tree to honor or remember a loved one. For each light sponsored, your name, and the name of the person you are honoring or remembering will be placed in "The Franklin Sun", and those honored will receive a personal card announcing your gift. Also, ornaments with the name of those honored will be placed on the Wellspring's Christmas Tree at the Trail of Trees. And the names of those honored will also be recognized during the Dec. 2nd Christmas Tree Lighting.
Lights start at one for $10, five for $30, 10 for $75, and 20 for $125.
Proceeds raised will help homeless Franklin families served by the Franklin Parish office of The Wellspring (formerly the YWCA). The professional staff provides these children and families everything from the basic needs like food and clothing to a safe place to stay, counseling, referrals for other services, life skills classes, crisis help, and much more.
Montgomery offers this list of activities that will precede the movie:
Warm winter beverages and tasty treats.
Community childrens choir.
Drama Group Presentation.
Lighting of the Community Tree and Christmas Cards.
Recognition of the names of those honored or remembered by sponsoring a light on the community Christmas tree.
Some seating is provided, but lawn chairs are encouraged.
According to Lawana Brown, Director of The Wellsprings Housing and Supportive Services Program, "This is a way to honor or remember someone you love in a way that will last long after the lights have been put away. I can't think of a more meaningful way to share the joy of Christmas than this."