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It's the favorite time of year for Greer Relief

700 families will be receiving Christmas packages of toys, household items

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, December 17, 2012

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Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief, begins checking her list as families begin to pick up their holiday treasures. The agency will serve 700 families.

Jim Fair

Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief, begins checking her list as families begin to pick up their holiday treasures. The agency will serve 700 families.



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Bike are here, there and everywhere at the staging area for Greer Relief families. Resurgent Capital Services donated 130 bikes and helmets. 

Jim Fair

Bike are here, there and everywhere at the staging area for Greer Relief families. Resurgent Capital Services donated 130 bikes and helmets. 



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Bags are packed and labeled for families. Greer Relief's system has enabled it to serve 700 familes in two days while allowing for individual shopping on the final two days of the four-day event.

Jim Fair

Bags are packed and labeled for families. Greer Relief's system has enabled it to serve 700 familes in two days while allowing for individual shopping on the final two days of the four-day event.



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Toys and games fill every shelf in several rooms of the Greer Relief staging area. Remaining items will be forward to Greer's Cops for Tots program.

Jim Fair

Toys and games fill every shelf in several rooms of the Greer Relief staging area. Remaining items will be forward to Greer's Cops for Tots program.



Over 700 families, adopted by Greer Relief and community believers in holiday joy for all, began picking up Christmas bundles of gifts in GreerToday.

Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief, was directing traffic and volunteers on Victoria Street. “It’s crazy but this is my favorite time of year,” Robinson said.

Robinson said the record number of families served this year can be attributed to ”word of mouth and individuals involved in the agency,” Robinson said.

Bicycles, as usual, were the number one request for children followed by MP3 and DVDs or electronic games the second-most sought gift. “Parents were asking for anything for the house,” said Maddie Batlas, the agency’s business manager.

Resurgent Capital Services donated 130 bikes and helmets. “What better picture of Christmas is there than a new bike being ridden around the neighborhood,” Robinson said. Last year Greer Relief ran out of helmets but Robinson asked businesses and individuals to figure them into this year’s package when donating bikes. “And it’s the most reasonably priced gift people can legitimize.”

Greer Relief is a United Way Agency with Greenville and Spartanburg providing operational expenses.

Families will be picking up their gifts 1:30 – 4 p.m. today and Tuesday and others will be shopping Wednesday and Thursday 9-11 a.m.

Greer Relief is partnering with Greer Community Ministries, adopting some of their families.

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