Christmas comes a Few Weeks Early

Christmas came a few weeks early for some special kids in Amarillo. The Eveline Rivers Project gave out more than 6-thousand gifts across the city this afternoon.

Newschannel10's Tina Berasley went along with one group of volunteers, and brings us their story.

Throughout the year Eveline Rivers collects Christmas gifts worth more than 300 thousand dollars for needy children, and today they were delivered with help from her friends.

More than 600 volunteers showed up at the Eveline Rivers workshop this morning and packed their cars with boxes full of goodies.

Rivers said "We have dolls, and cars, and trucks, and electronic games, and fleece blankets, and cleanliness items, and books, and school supplies, and a lot of love".

Chuck and Melody Alexander have been delivering gifts in the program for eight years.

Today they took their friend Jane along, and NewsChannel10 joined them too.

We went to nearly ten locations in all parts of Amarillo, and saw lots of big smiles on little faces.

Chuck Alexander said "For children not to have a cCristmas or for anybody not to have a Christmas is the worst thing to possibly happen especially in the United States this is a land of plenty and of opportunity...everyone needs a Christmas of some sort."

Rivers added "They saved today for us to do this and that's it, and they come from all walks of life it doesn't matter what you do, we're all here for the same reason today and that's to share and make a child smile".

To prepare for today's delivery Eveline's little helpers have been volunteering four nights a week boxing and wrapping presents, the group will begin estimating its needs for next christmas in January.