Forty local elementary school students and their families attended Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company’s annual Christmas for Kids party on Dec. 10.
The event, held this year at the Community Service Building, was organized by Jackson Paper employees and coordinated in association with staff at Jackson County elementary schools who selected students to attend. Joining the invited guests at the party were the children of Jackson Paper employees.
Party-goers enjoyed three hours of games and crafts, lunch and a visit with Santa Claus. Each child received a toy or game, a stuffed animal and other prizes.
“It is an honor for our company to be able to host children from throughout our community at this very special time of year,” said Tim Campbell, President and CEO of Jackson Paper. “It wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our employees who work so hard to plan and put on this event.”
In its 10th year, Christmas for Kids has become a meaningful holiday tradition for party hosts and guests.
“At this time of year, we are fortunate to have a lot of people come forward and offer to help make Christmas a little brighter for our children,” said Maggy Emmanuel, social worker at Scotts Creek School in Sylva. “The Jackson Paper event is especially nice for our children because it’s done in a party setting and includes parents too. It’s something they really appreciate and remember.”
Party organizers were Human Resources Department staff Renee Phillips. Angie Rogers and Heather Stillwell, with help from 20 employees and family member volunteers.
In addition to hosting Christmas for Kids, Jackson Paper and its employees also support the following organizations during the holiday season: Shop With A Cop, United Christian Ministries, Department On Aging-Operation Christmas Box, Holiday Mail for Heroes, Jackson County Christmas Store, residents at a local assisted living facility, Fairview School Fund For Kids and Heritage Christian Academy.
Jackson Paper Manufacturing Co. is an independently owned mill in Sylva that produces 100-percent recycled paper used by independent box manufacturers to make the fluted layer of corrugated boxes.
For more information on Jackson Paper, visit http://www.jacksonpaper-nc.com/.