Women from the McCloud Calvary Community Center, McCloud First Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church and other guests met at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church annex. Each person brought an unwrapped toy or game. There were enough to cover two table tops.

Last Wednesday, Dec. 11, McCloud community churches came together for their annual Ladies Christmas Luncheon hosted by the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Guild to gather gifts for children in the McCloud community.

Women from the McCloud Calvary Community Center, McCloud First Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church and other guests met at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church annex. Each person brought an unwrapped toy or game. There were enough to cover two table tops. Lunch included chicken marsala and dessert. Led by Mary Beth Shrader on the piano, Christmas carols were sung.

Afterward, there was a discussion about the different Christmas projects happening in McCloud to help children and families. Santa Claus showed up for support.

One of the popular Christmas projects that has become a tradition is the Giving Tree and Toys for Tots located at The Heart of the Earth store on Main Street. Parents fill out an application of age and sex of the child for an appropriate gift.

Other holiday projects include Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets that Great Northern Corporation, Campbell Global and the American Legion Cheula Post 92 also participate in. This year the 25 senior baskets also contains little holiday gifts as well.

For this year’s coat project, 28 coats and 14 pairs of boots were given out. Gloves and caps are also provided for every child in the McCloud Elementary School. The coats, boots, gloves and caps were given out early because of the winter weather.

“We don’t want a child to go without,” said Anne Mero, coordinator of these projects.

Other supporters of these projects include Champion, McCloud Recreation Council, Banner Bank, and McCloud Ladies Golf Club.

Other programs include the McCloud Food Bank Pantry. Along with the churches, this is also supported by the community with donations. For donations or if you’re in need of food, contact (530) 964-2715.

Earlier in the day, the McCloud Volunteer Fire Department brought Santa Claus to the McCloud Elementary School to give out crayons and coloring books to the children. These were donated by Linda Parrish from the Bartle Lodge, and it’s a project she does yearly. When the Grinch showed up to spoil the event, he was pelted with snowballs by the children. Afterward, he did receive some hugs.