What’s Good in the Neighborhood: Nuclear plant employees help families in need for Christmas

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For 34 years, the Farley Christmas project” has been in full swing — making dreams come true for Wiregrass area families.

It’s a joint effort between the company and union employees at Farley Nuclear Plant.

“We break up all of the list. We give every department a list and then we have individuals that’ll take a name and buy everything on the list,” Nuclear specialist Carolyn Jordan said.

Jordan says that it has grown year after year.

“The first year we did it, we did it in my house, in my garage and there were 15 children,” She said.

Over time, it has become more organized.

“We’ve learned better ways of making sure that we get exactly what those kids want.” Jordan said.

The project is planned out over a year’s time span.

“Year-long planning to ensure the local community children that are going through some tough times have a warm meal to eat and presents to open during the holidays.” Site-Vice President Chuck Kharrl said.

This year, 23 families and 58 children were adopted.

“But those children are going through a really hard, hard time this year based on several different circumstances and our thing is to give them that one big Christmas that takes away some of the pain,” Kharrl said.

A few organizations that help are House of Ruth, the Child Advocacy Center and the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center.

“You know we just do it because we are giving back to the community that has given so much to us.” System Operator Michael McCord said.

“I just want to encourage people in the Wiregrass to go and get a name off of a tree. Call your church, find out who is in need this year and just bless them,” He said.

The project shows that the gift of giving is one way to spread the hope of Christmas this year.

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