Seaford-Blades Charities marks 73 years of delivering Christmas

By Tony E. Windsor

Santas elves were busy in Seaford just one week before Christmas, making sure that families in the greater Seaford area felt the holiday spirit. For the past 73 years, the Seaford-Blades Associated Charities (SBAC) has been the shining star to area children and their families during Christmas; this year is no exception.

Virginia Ginny Short, has been at the helm of the operation for 53 years, having started as a young woman working side-by-side with her mother, one of the earliest of the charitys volunteers. On Friday morning, Dec. 20, Short, notes in hand, coordinated the efforts of the nearly one dozen volunteers who came to deliver food and toys to local families.

All of the volunteers gathered at the pickup site were members of the Seaford Lions Club. The Lions Club was instrumental in organizing the Seaford-Blades Associated Charities effort in 1939. The first official Christmas delivery effort took place one year later in 1940 when the organization had collected $100. Short said the money was used largely to purchase shoes that were then delivered to families.

She said this year the organization worked closely with Love, Inc., of Delaware, an independent non-profit organization, owned and supported by local churches. The organization got information from the Seaford School District, service centers and other sources and referred them to SBAC to be a part of the annual holiday effort.

Other organizations that helped with the project included the Woodbridge Chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and the WBOC TV-16 Bless Our Children Project. Another of SBACs most loyal supporters is the medical office of Seaford Chiropractor, Dr. Michael Triglia. For the past 25 years, Triglias staff has collected new toys that are given to SBAC for the annual holiday delivery.

According to Jim Blackwell, one of the Lions Club volunteers making deliveries on Friday, the charity has been doing great work in the area for many years, but also brings a great deal of holiday cheer to the volunteers who collect contributions and make deliveries. Its a wonderful feeling to have friends come together and make these deliveries, he said. This project makes sure that families who are in need at Christmastime get some help.

Blackwell said making the deliveries on a day when kids are in school also helps give parents a chance to wrap the toys and get them under the Christmas tree without knowing where they came from.

For more information call Love, Inc., at 629-7050.

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