Rose Rowe opened up her car doors and out rolled 118 presents.
Rowe didn’t buy the gifts for her family or even her friends. Each present Rowe delivered is marked for strangers she will never meet.
“You never know when you’re going to be put in a predicament like this,” said Rowe.
Rowe is just one of the generous people in Franklin County who has decided to spend their Christmas making sure other people don’t go without this holiday. The volunteers have transformed The Salvation Army off Franklin Street and Lincoln Way in Chambersburg into a miniature workshop.
Organizer Lynne Newman plays the part of Santa in this operation. But, she said she's seeking more elves in the form of volunteers to wrap presents, donate food, and make meal deliveries. They serve around 600 meals on Christmas day.
Fresh fruit is still needed including crushed pineapple, bananas, and oranges. Newman is also looking for mini marshmallows to add to the fruit salad. Nearly 1200 presents need to be wrapped as well.
Newman points out, she doesn’t celebrate Christmas because she is Jewish. But she said, “I don’t care if I celebrate it or not. That’s not important. What’s important is the people who do celebrate it should have a joyous Christmas.”
Newman adds anyone who is seeking a Christmas meal or present can still contact her.
“It is terrible that what we have is people who live alone and they’re forgotten,” said Newman.
Contact Lynne Newman at 717-360-2407 or 717-253-2151 for more information on how to receive help or to volunteer.