DELPHOS —Another Delphos Community Christmas Project is in the books and Edna Fischer and Tina Link said, as usual, everything just worked out.

“We had fewer donations this year but we also had fewer requests,” Fischer said. “It all seems to balance out, we get what we need and it’s done.”

Link has been with the project as a shopper for years and is now also helping in a different capacity assisting Fischer with the finer details. She still enjoys the shopping.

“It is just so neat how we start and we get one group done and right before we start the next one we get donations in and fill those needs,” Link said. “It just seems like whatever we need, it comes.”

Most notably were sheet and comforter sets.

“We haven’t gotten a lot of those in the past and this year we got several,” Link said. “They were the size we needed and they were all used.”

Fischer agreed.

“The stuff that comes in is what the kids are asking for, especially the toys,” she added.

Cash donations came in at $42,000 this year, which doesn’t include the Angel Tree donations and other efforts like Knippen Chrysler Dodge Jeep’s, school groups’, Westrich and Kiwanis toy drives, which bring in hundreds of toys for all ages. There were also 10 new bicycles donated by businesses and private individuals.

“I know that sounds like a lot money and stuff, but when you consider we bought for 297 children in 119 families, it doesn’t go that far,” Fischer said.

Families also received a bag of paper products and one of 125 $100 Chief Supermarket gift cards.

One continuing need for local children is proper footwear. Children grow at a quick pace and it can be hard to keep up. The Phi Delta Sorority has made it its mission to make sure all Delphos children have shoes and donate nearly 300 pair a year to the project. The money for the shoes comes from fundraisers, most notably a very successful annual Purse Bingo.

What would the holidays be without a Christmas tree? Thankfully, many served by the project don’t know. Twenty used Christmas trees complete with lights and ornaments were offered to families in the project this year.

Fruit plates were at an all-time high with 170 delivered to shut-ins.

“We have never had that many requests before,” Fischer said. “We got rid of every one.”

What Fischer and Link find the most disturbing is the need for beds for children.

“Most of us can’t imagine not have a bed,” Link said. “There are a lot of children who don’t have a bed.”

As always, the pair said the project is thankful for all donations of money, time and talent.

“The whole community comes together to make sure every child in Delphos has a nice Christmas,” they concluded.