Donations needed for A Christmas Smile

For the 13th year, A Christmas Smile will be held, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at the Elks Club, 223 N. George St., York City.

Founded by Jeff Crouse, a server and bartender at Coomb’s Tavern, the event offers a place to celebrate the holidays with a full buffet, live music and Santa Claus and gifts for every child who attends.

Last year's event fed more than 300 people and provided 150 gift bags filled with blankets, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, personal hygiene items and gift cards.

According to a news release, Crouse is asking the public to help make the event a success.

“This year we once again will be reminded that we are all hungry for love, acceptance and understanding,” he said. “I truly believe that the worst form of poverty is not feeling loved and the feeling of being alone. That is why every year we try to meet the physical and emotional needs that we all have. Our goal on this day is to make everyone feel special and loved.”

The public is asked to donate hot food/covered dishes, winter clothing (particularly men’s gloves), personal hygiene items, toys and gift cards.

To make arrangements for donations, call Crouse at 968-5566.