By MEGAN PARKER
The AmVets mission statement says: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, AmVets Post 67 will be providing one of those services to Powell County through Operation Christmas Smile. For the past 19 years the local post has been bringing the joy of Christmas to local children. They will present new gifts, old toys, a chance to win a new bike, coats for those who need them and a chance to meet the man himself, Santa Claus.
An event such as this takes a lot of work and a lot of help. Through donations from the community, as well as area businesses and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Smile is helping to make this holiday season special for several families and children in the area. AmVets Post 61 out of Louisville and the Ladies Auxillery will be helping this year as well.
Eric Wolfe with the local post said they expect to see up to 350 children this year and donations such as new or used toys and clothing are still being accepted. Operation Christmas Smile is open to residents of Powell County and will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is for children up to 15 years of age.
“Our community is there to support local veterans,” Eric Wolfe with the local post said, “and our veterans are there to support our community.”