Jackson County Christmas Charities office opened Monday as adoptions got underway.

“We got off to a good start,” said Robbie Copenhaver, president of the Christmas Charities Board of Directors. “We had a couple of churches come in and adopt some children.”

Copenhaver said 580 households, with over 1,000 people, will be served through Christmas Charities this year. Those numbers include 620 children, 200 elderly people and 210 disabled people.

“We’re hoping to be as successful this year as we have the last two years,” said Copenhaver. “The last two years we have been able to adopt everyone in Scottsboro, Hollywood and Skyline.”

Jackson County Christmas Charities began almost 40 years as a small group of people came together to make sure children in the county didn’t go without at Christmas.

“It’s heartbreaking to imagine a child, on Christmas Day, not having presents or food to eat,” said Copenhaver.

This year, the office is in a new location, at the old Brownwood Elementary School, located at 305 Bingham Street in Scottsboro. Hours to adopt will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Copenhaver said the week of Thanksgiving the office will only be opened on Monday and Tuesday.

Copenhaver said this year the elderly and disabled will also get a $75 gift card to Foodland.

“It’s so they can get extra food,” he said. “A lot of times they have to choose between food and medicine. This will help.”

Copenhaver said it’s all about helping everyone at Christmas.

“Children tug at my heart,” he said. “I just have always believed in helping people.”

For more information, call Christmas Charities office at 256-575-6056.

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