Donations sought for Christmas in April

Christmas in April organizers have selected 12 families to receive their renovation services this year, and now they are looking for volunteers and money to make those dreams come true.

The event will take place April 29.

The group is trying to raise at least $40,000 to cover this year’s renovations and the beginning of next year’s expenses, organizer Grant Holder said.

So far, the organization has raised about $28,000, thanks in part to a recent $3,000 donation from the First Methodist Church of Hobart. Holder said an organization can sponsor a house for $1,500, or co-sponsor a house for $750. Smaller donations also are welcome, he said.

This year, the Hobart Garden Club has volunteered its services for the event. Members will focus on sprucing up the outsides of the homes.

“They’ll plant and cut shrubbery and do things like that,” he said. “They’ll give the homes some curb appeal.”

Six of the homes are in Hobart, five are in Lake Station and one is in New Chicago. Volunteers do a lot of maintenance around the house, but don’t repair roofs or replace windows, primarily due to the time constraints and expense involved.

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