Dylan Anthony, left, Josh Wiseman, Nicholas Curth and Logan Gallmeier are ready to deliver Christmas for the Delphos Community Christmas Project in December. (DHI Media file photo)
Dylan Anthony, left, Josh Wiseman, Nicholas Curth and Logan Gallmeier are ready to deliver Christmas for the Delphos Community Christmas Project in December. (DHI Media file photo)
DELPHOS — Another Delphos Community Christmas Project is in the books and Edna Fischer said, as usual, everything just worked out.

“Our donations were up a little this year but we also had more children, ” Fischer said. “It all seems to balance out, we get what we need and it’s done. The stuff that comes in is what the kids are asking for, especially the toys.”

The project solicits local high schoolers, who deliver the gifts on the last day of school before Christmas break.

Recipients are very grateful for the help at a stressful time of year for those whose purse strings are a little light. Fischer always receives thank-you notes and texts.

Cash donations totaled $45,000 this year, which doesn’t include the Angel Tree donations and other efforts like Knippen Chrysler Dodge Jeep’s, school groups and Kiwanis toy drives, which bring in hundreds of toys for all ages. There were also 14 bicycles donated, most new.

“I know that sounds like a lot money and stuff, but when you consider we bought for 317 children in 125 families, it doesn’t go that far,” Fischer said.

Families also received a 12-pack of toilet paper ($1,848.34) and a Chief Supermarket gift card ($1,960). The Interfaith Thrift Shop also donates $10 gift certificates. Fischer said every family receives at least one with bigger families receiving two.

Nine beds and five cribs, complete with bedding, were also distributed.

One continuing need for local children is proper footwear. The Phi Delta Sorority has made it its mission to make sure Delphos children ages 5-12 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. The project provides gift cards for younger and older children to purchase shoes.

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

Fruit plates stayed steady this year with 152 delivered to shut-ins.

As always, Fischer 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,” Fischer said.