Hall County employees have spread some holiday cheer by providing donations to local organizations.

A large delivery was made Monday morning to Hope Harbor and the Crisis Center. Pillows, blankets and stuffed animals were dropped off and will be distributed to those seeking help from those agencies.

“Blankets and pillows are something the Crisis Center needs all the time. We have two shelters that we have to keep maintained. Usually the people who leave the shelter take their pillow with them, so that is something we constantly have to replenish,” said Crisis Center interim Executive Director Misty Schaecher.

This is the second year the county has held a “Happiness is a Warm Blanket and Pillow” fundraising effort. Donation boxes were set up at county buildings for about a month starting in November. Employees were asked to give pillows, blankets and small stuffed animals.

This year, a total of 55 pillows, 96 blankets, eight stuffed animals and a few dolls were collected. Each of the pillows also had a hand-sewn pillowcase made by Hall County Clerk Marla Conley and Mary Lanfear, wife of Hall County Supervisor Doug Lanfear.

The annual collection has been spearheaded by Conley and the Lanfears.

Doug Lanfear said the amount of donations show how caring and generous are county employees.

“This year, like last, we were blown away by how much was given,” he said. “Again, all the credit and praise goes to the employees of Hall County. They can be proud.”

The Crisis Center, which provides services for victims of domestic and sexual assault, and Harbor of Hope, an agency that offers emergency shelter and general assistance to those in need, were chosen as recipients of the donations because of the assistance they give, particularly to families and individuals in transition.

Conley said the ultimate goal was to provide to those using the agencies, especially children, with items that they could take with them.

“Every child loves blankets and pillows no matter what their age. It just gives them a little sense of security in a difficult situation,” she said.

Like the Crisis Center, residents at Hope Harbor also can take bedding with them when they decide to leave.

The county’s donation will help replenish the pillow and blanket supply, said Hope Harbor Marketing Coordinator Renae Swanson.

“I recently put a call to action out on our Facebook page saying we needed twin-size bedding because we were running low, so this is going to help our sustainability a lot,” she said.

The agency provides help for women, children and families through an emergency shelter, transitional shelter and general assistance.

Both agencies continue to be in need of donations.

The Crisis Center needs hygiene items for both women and men and small appliances like coffee makers, can openers, microwaves and crock pots.

Donations can be dropped off at the agency located at 2251 N. Webb Road during business hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. For larger donations like furniture, call ahead at (866) 995-4422.

Hope Harbor is in most need of toilet paper, black garbage bags, nonperishable food, meat and monetary donations. Perishable food items can be taken to 610 W. Division St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays after calling (308) 383-4634. Other donations can be dropped off at 615 W. First St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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