Jackson County Christmas Charities

The Scottsboro Police Department donated $600 worth of toys to Jackson County Christmas Charities Friday morning. Pictured, left to right, is Robbie Copenhaver, Lt. Scott Matthews, Major Ron Latimer and Police Chief Ralph Dawe.

Robbie Copenhaver answers his cell phone over and over as he sits at a table at Captain D’s. A man walks up and hands Copenhaver a $100 bill and tells him to use as needed. Copenhaver thanks the man as his phone rings again.

This time of year is nonstop for Copenhaver and others at Jackson County Christmas Charities. Copenhaver, the president of Christmas Charities Board of Directors, does it because he says it’s all about helping people at Christmas, especially children.

On this day, Copenhaver says there are 61 kids and 14 elderly people remaining unadopted.

“The last couple of years we’ve been able to adopt everyone,” says Copenhaver. “I’m not sure why we haven’t yet this year.”

The office is in a new location this year as Jackson County DHR moved in the old Brownwood Elementary School building, located at 305 Bingham Street in Scottsboro.

“That could definitely be part of it,” said Copenhaver.

The push now is to get everyone adopted by Dec. 18, when the office will close.

“You can come to the office and adopt,” said Copenhaver. “Or you can go to Bruce’s Foodland and pull a present off the Christmas tree. You go buy that present, bring it back and we will gather them and deliver.”

The Christmas Charities office is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the office at 256-575-6056.

“Think about Christmas morning and imagine your child or grandchild having nothing to open,” said Copenhaver.

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