Santa’s Helpers

January 1, 2015
Nate Jones, 28, of Barbourville, heads out to deliver Christmas presents and treats for Knox County children.

Nate Jones, 28, of Barbourville, heads out to deliver Christmas presents and treats for Knox County children.

Tyler Dunn, 22, of Barbourville prepares a bag of presents and treats on behalf of the North Main Community Church to be delivered to Knox County kids on Christmas Eve.

Tyler Dunn, 22, of Barbourville prepares a bag of presents and treats on behalf of the North Main Community Church to be delivered to Knox County kids on Christmas Eve.

Local church fills in as Santa’s Helpers on Christmas Eve


By BOBBIE POYNTER

bpoynter@mountainadvocate.com

Santa Claus had some special help Christmas Eve delivering presents to more than 200 children in Knox and Laurel counties. Children who may have given up on Santa Claus this year received a late-night visit from his elves in the form of church buses full of presents.

Members of the North Main Community Church have been wrapping hundreds of presents for weeks in preparation of the Christmas Eve deliveries. Huge bags and boxes were filled with toys, clothes, candy personal items and fruit and then, beginning at 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and continuing through 1 a.m., delivered personally to each child’s home.

Scott Phipps, the church’s pastor says the church has been playing Santa ever since it opened its doors in 2001.

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