WAYMART—As the holiday giving season moves on, the Debbie Robbins Fund, operated in part through the Calvary United Methodist Church in Waymart (Calvary UMC) is gearing up to once again deliver gift cards to children in the Western Wayne School District. Traditionally, the distribution date for the gift cards is set two Sunday's before Christmas Day. This year's cards should be ready to disperse by December 11th.
The namesake of the Debbie Robbins Fund was a prominent member of the Waymart community and the Western Wayne School District with all the appropriate personality traits of a gender-bent Saint Nick. She was aware of the plight of under-privledged children and went out of her way to provide a reprieve for them as often and in any way she could. Tragically, she met her end in a car accident, but her generous spirit is memorialized by the charitable Christmas fund which bears her name.
According to Fund coordinator Georgia Thorpe, the Debbie Robbins Fund started at least twenty-five years ago to provide a small gift service to the children of struggling families in the Waymart community. The Fund used to provide gifts of trinkets, clothing and other useful goods directly, but the utility and versatility of presenting gift cards has proven itself more beneficial in recent years.
Supported by community donations, the Debbie Robbins Fund looks to provide children with gift cards of about thirty dollars each from local stores such as Walmart, Kmart, and the Dollar Store. At the time of this interview, Georgia was uncertain which vendor the Fund would use this year.
Over the years, the Debbie Robbins Fund has been able to support between forty-five and sixty children. Most of the nominations for recipients come from the two Western Wayne elementary schools or from word of mouth in the wider community. Georgia compiles a list of names and generally saves it from year to year, adding to it as necessary.
With these new additions compounding each year, Georgia is looking to raise enough to match, if not exceed, her numbers from past years. To meet this goal, she is welcoming all incoming donations right up until the date of distribution.
For more information about the Debbie Robbins Fund, call Georgia Thorpe at (570) 488-6754.
Keeping with the spirit of giving, Georgia also encourages anyone in need to visit the Clothing Closet at the Calvary UMC. It is held every Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Attendees are invited to find what they need among the donated goods. Additionally, new donations are always welcome.
The Calvary UMC can be found at 151 Belmont St., Waymart, PA 18472.