The eighth annual Greater Smithfield Chamber Night of Giving gets bigger every year and coordinator Stacey Dority said that means more families in need of help are able to have a happier Christmas than they otherwise would experience. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 at Sky View High School where dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction of Christmas trees and packages.
On KVNU’s Crosstalk program, Dority said many businesses are participating and donations will come in as trees, gift packages, raffle prizes and monetary donations. She said everyone is invited, not just chamber members and not just Smithfield residents.
“This is just our opportunity to give back to the community, all the businesses in the chamber,” explained Dority. “So we have this night of giving and try to have a gathering where we can get together and enjoy food and a fun evening.
“We take that money and buy Christmas for the community. This has gotten bigger. It used to be just the chamber members shopping. Now we have mutual groups and other organizations calling and asking for names that they can go shop for.”
Dority said every child that needs it will receive a Christmas gift and parents are called to see what they need or want.
“Sometimes it’s just your basics. They just need clothes and shoes,” she continued. “Other times, sometimes it’s a game, a Barbie or an iPod. But most people are just grateful for anything and they’ll just give us sizes.”
Tickets are $25 and they can be purchased at Lee’s Marketplace in Smithfield. Dority says $14,000 was raised at last year’s Night of Giving.