Volunteer Spirit: Banker turned Secret Santa delivers to the needy

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn (WVLT) -- Every corner on the first floor of First Century Bank in Downtown Tazewell is crammed with presents for Claiborne County's needy girls and boys.

It looks more like Santa's workshop or holding area.

But there are enough gifts for 375 kids.

Becky Poore is a banker by day, secret Santa by night.

She has been organizing the county's angel tree program for more than 20 years now.

She explains how it started, "Kids in schools were not getting Christmas gifts. The teachers asked us to bring them in a with name on them and the parents take them home so they have something to open Christmas morning."

Becky's co-worker Teresa Walker says, "You look around and see all the work that has gone into this. And its amazing. This is something she does in addition to her job."

Bank staff and customers contribute, whether its a barbie or a bike, and even help wrapping.
But some of the kids requests are heartbreaking.

"We've been asked for blankets and pajamas to keep warm. Things like that, those children don't have, that we take for granted, but those children don't have," according to Becky.

But on December 25th, the 375 kids in the county's angel tree program should have a holly jolly Christmas, thanks to Becky Poore's Volunteer Spirit.


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