For the American Cancer Society, it is a time to give to others. Not only will the organization's upcoming Christmas Tea give the community an opportunity to visit with friends, but the proceeds will go toward funding various local programs the ACS offers cancer patients and their families.
Planned for 3-6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Scott, 301 Ridge Drive, organizers hope everyone will take advantage of a casual afternoon.
The cost is a $25 donation per person which will accepted at the door the afternoon of the tea.
"The tea used to be in the spring and then several years ago we moved it to Christmas," said Cheryl Krebs, chairman. "It's a fundraiser to help fund some of the local things that we do like the Look Good...Feel Good Program and the nutritional supplements that we give out, it goes to support all of our programs here."
This year guests won't have to put as much thought into what to wear, as the dress will be casual rather than formal to make those coming straight from work feel more comfortable and guests who've been out Christmas shopping hopefully will be more enticed to come if they don't have to dress up.
"We will have hors d'oeuvres that will be served from RSVP Catering who catered it last year," noted Krebs. "We'll also have various types of teas to drink, it's just a social gathering and a way to help break up the monotony. Come by and enjoy a little bit of good food and conversation and show support for the local American Cancer Society."
Invitations were sent to those who attended last year but anyone who did not receive one is asked to call the American Cancer Society at 471-1823 and one will be sent.
Krebs asked the community to keep in mine that cancer affects everyone. She pointed out that there are few individuals whose lives haven't been touched by someone with cancer.
"Even if they, themselves, haven't needed the American Cancer Society services, someone they know will need or has needed them. A lot of people don't even know the services are there and we want them to know there is somewhere to go. It is through fundraisers like this that we are able to supply the programs and educational pieces for our area. All of the money raised will stay in this area, it's not going to be shipped off."