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One of the greatest joys of the holidays can be to give back and to put others before self. The holidays are not about receiving, but should be more about giving in the spirit of the holidays. Year after year local organizations, met with community donations and volunteers, do just that.

From law enforcement officers taking children out for a day of shopping, to local marines making sure that every child has a present to unwrap on Christmas morning, the Macon County community is known for helping out their neighbors during the holidays.

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Nearly 50 percent of the children in Macon County are not prepared for kindergarten. They lack the capability to recognize letters and sounds, are unable to tell you the color of their shirt or what shape is on the table, and are ill-prepared and lack basic vocabulary. With children entering the school system already behind, by third grade they are far behind the state mandate to have every child reading on or above grade level. Those children will have to spend a good portion of their educational career playing catch-up, and some may never reach that point.

One important tool that has been statistically proven to enhance a child's learning and increase proficiency is early literacy. Children who learn to read at an early age are proven to do better after entering school.

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Brenda Jacobs, president of the Federated Woman's Club presented a $500 check to Sheriff Robbie Holland for the Shop With a Cop program for children in Macon County.

According to Jacobs, "The club mission is to support the youth projects in our county,” The Chrismas project is held each year by the Macon County Sheriff's Department to make sure children receive a gift for the Christmas holidays.

To support, or for more information on the Shop With A Cop Program, contact the Macon County Sheriff's Department.

Former employees of People’s gathered at the store Thursday, Nov. 15, to help celebrate J.C. Jacobs’ 94th birthday.

Pictured in the front row are Frankle and J.C.; (second row, L-R) Janet Green, Glenda Gladwell, Eilene Molineaux, Evelyn Henry, Eula Holbrooks, John Hartley and Tommy Fouts: (back row) Nancy Paris, Jenni Smith, Margaret Bennett, Vic Green, Jerlean Buchanan and Shirley Shuler.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

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