The Grinch is making his way back to Echols again this year … not to steal Christmas, however, but to help spread a little cheer to the children of Ohio County.
The Echols Children’s Christmas Party returned last year after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic as a drive-thru event.
“Thanks to the help of The Grinch, the drive-thru event worked so well we decided to do it again this year,” the Williams family, organizers of the event, stated.
The 22nd annual party will be held Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 745 Pond Run Church Road, in Echols, the home of Cookie Williams.
With the exception of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, the party has been held on an annual basis on the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 1999 and has become a family event for Williams and her family. Last year nearly 140 children between the ages of 0-14 received a new toy, hat/gloves, treat bag, drink and other surprises from The Grinch and a few of Santa’s elves who will also be in attendance this year. Signs and volunteers will direct cars through the circle drive to receive their gifts and surprises.
The Williams family said the event wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the generous donations they receive from the public throughout the year. Monetary donations can be made at the Ohio County Times-News Office or at Limestone Bank (please inform the teller you want to donate to the Echols Children’s Christmas Party). A donation bucket will also be onsite during the party for those wishing to donate.