October, 17 2017

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North Carolina Residential Program Enlists Santa's Helper

The people who receive help from Residential Treatment Services of Alamance come from different walks of life.

Some are struggling with substance abuse and are just starting the long road to recovery.

Others fought with the same demons but have made progress and are ready for a more independent life. Still others suffer from severe mental health issues.

But no matter which group you’re talking about, all of them deserve some love at the holidays. That’s where the Santa’s Helper program comes in.

Santa’s Helper provides Christmas gifts for the Residential Treatment Centers clients. The agency runs two mental health group homes, a transitional facility for women who are kicking substance abuse and are ready for some independence, and a men’s substance abuse treatment facility.

The program will help about 40 clients this year, said director Ron Osborne.

Clients may get clothing, shoes, coats or toiletries. The people that these Residential Treatment Centers help often show up with nothing.

You can help by donating to the Santa’s Helper program through Love Enough to Share, the annual Times-News holiday campaign that benefits six local charities during the holidays.

The other charities are the Arc of Alamance County’s ArChristmas Fund; Christmas Cheer; the Foster Children’s Christmas Fund; Operation Santa Claus, a project of the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; and the Salvation Army Shoes with Love program.

To participate in Love Enough to Share, look for the coupon with stories that will appear in the Times-News through the holidays.

Fill out the form and return it to the Times-News, Attn: Love Enough to Share, P.O. Box 481, Burlington, N.C. 27216. Contributions can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 707 S. Main St.

Checks should be made out to the individual charities. The Times-News will send a complimentary card to honorees or, in the case of memorial contributions, to the family.

Contributors will also be recognized in the newspaper, unless they request anonymity.

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