MOULTRIE -- Piles of donations have helped make Serenity House's Christmas dreams come true.

"We hoped this would happen," said Monica Johnson, executive director. "But we never imaged that it would be like this."

Donations of toys, food and personal items have provided the shelter with enough to provide a real Christmas for the three women and three children currently housed, as well as three families who passed through earlier this year.

"We've gotten donations from Girl Scout troops, Georgetown Apartments, the Catholic church, St. Margaret's Church, so many people," said Johnson, as she and her staff sorted through the boxes of items.

Food items were also donated by City of Moultrie employees.

The shelter held a Christmas party last Saturday, complete with Santa Claus.

"Dr. (D.W.) Adcock makes a great Santa," Johnson said with laughter.

Warriors of the Cross also held a party for the shelter, providing a variety of items for its clients.

"I'm just overwhelmed," Johnson said.

This is Serenity House's first Christmas, and Johnson expects that the number of women seeking shelter will not increase this week.

"Most people try to stay and salvage the holidays," she explained.

However, once the holidays are over, Johnson and her staff look for an increase in numbers.

As for donations, the shelter has plenty of canned and nonperishable food items, but there is always a need for paper products and toiletries.

To contact reporter Jennifer Terry, please call 985-4545 ext. 222

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