WILLIAMSON – Employees with Norfolk Southern Corporation in Williamson are in the final stages of their annual Christmas drive which provides gifts for various children in the Tug Valley area schools.
Local participating elementary and pre-K8 teachers and principals provided Norfolk Southern (NS) employees with the names of children whose families need help at Christmas.
The names and a brief description of the types of gifts that each child wanted or needed were given to the railroad employees. Then those Williamson NS employees each donated and purchased those items for the children.
At the behest of local Assistant Superintendent Mickey Runyon and spearheaded by employees Steve Hager and Jason Smith, the project was deemed very successful. The NS Williamson Safety and Service Committee assisted with this worthy project.
“Even with the downturn in the local economy and employee furloughs, everyone pulled together to make this annual event successful for 2015,” the group stated.
Starting Thursday and Friday the local NS Safety and Service Committee and other volunteer employees will be delivering the Christmas gifts to the area schools ahead of their upcoming Christmas holiday break. (The schools vary from year to year and five schools were chosen this year.)
“We hope the gifts will bring a little extra Christmas cheer to those in and around our local communities,” the local NS railroad group said.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)