Eveline Rivers Christmas Project delivers for 33rd year

      Saturday's overcast skies and winter frost did not keep volunteers from delivering packages to less fortunate children for the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project.

      For the 33rd year, hundreds of volunteers from all over the Texas Panhandle met at the Eveline Rivers Workshop early in the morning to check off lists, carry packages to vehicles and transport them to the homes of children who otherwise may not have gotten presents on Christmas morning.

      "The names (of the children) come from the teachers in the school system," Project Founder Eveline Rivers said, "the hospital, the social workers, Dept. of Human Resources, anybody who feels there is a need. They will send that to us."

      Workers made sure all the gifts were items children could use to continue to learn.

      Nine-year-old Gentry Massey has volunteered for several years and says she enjoys the thrill of pleasing other children.

      "I love doing this," she said. "I'm, like, the one who's always psyched about this. I like to see the looks on the kids' faces that don't usually get presents."

      Older volunteers agreed that is the reason they give their time to help someone they do not even know.

      "What's a better way to spend Christmas than to get up on a cold, frosty morning, come and pick up packages for kids and see the smiling faces that they have," asked Hi-Plains Kiwanis Club Member Chris Powell. "It's just a lot of fun and it does great things for the community."

      Winter coats, gloves and scarves are still being accepted as donations. They can be dropped off at the Eveline Rivers Workshop, the Pronews 7 station, Ashley Furniture or Doche Cleaners.