Grange launches Christmas gift project for teens

Dick Patten, state Grange community service director, launched a holiday project called “Santa Remembers Teens at Christmas” at the recent state Grange session in Nashua.

The idea came about a year ago when Patten remembered going to church or to the department store each year and seeing the stars on a tree or on the walls in church and seeing cards for youths from infant to 10 years old being taken first. Cards for the older youths, mainly teenagers, were left for the church or business to buy gifts.

The project was presented to Grange members throughout the state by Sept. 1, and Granges were asked to bring gift cards to the convention because Patten thought teens enjoy going to stores and buying their own items.

Patten and his committee collected several hundred dollars’ worth of gift cards, all wrapped in gift boxes. These will be donated to teenagers through Operation Santa Claus, Friends of Forgotten Children or other charities in the areas of the Granges that donated the cards, including Hudson.

The Grange will conclude the project at the State Grange Deputy School and Leaders Conference on Saturday, Dec. 13.

If your Grange or Grange member would like to donate, bring the gift cards to the state meeting, which will be held at the State Fire Academy in Concord.

There is no designated amount for the gift card. The Grange is just trying to let teenagers know that Santa Claus didn’t forget them this year.

For more information, call Patten at 496-2917.