Christmas comes early at the Assistance League of Hemacinto

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Several Assistance League members work in the annual Christmas Room, including from left, Linda Wortman, Kathy Harvill, Mary Ellen Hudson, Marge Clarke, Meg Stuart-Cottrell and Kay Armendariza. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
With lighted Christmas trees, ornaments in various colors and sizes, holiday books, Santa items and much more, the Assistance League of Hemacinto opened its annual Christmas Room Thursday, Nov. 11. Assistance League members transformed the nonprofit’s meeting room, adjacent to its year-round upscale thrift store, into a dedicated holiday shop. Meg Stuart-Cottrell heads the Christmas Room Committee and serves as its coordinator. She explained that as seasonal items are included in donations throughout the year, she keeps them together in a specific storage shed after they have been priced. It took about two weeks to transfer all the items into the Christmas Room and get everything set up, she said. Chartered in 1979, the philanthropic volunteer organization has implemented and devel
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