Newcastle Holiday Tradition Brings Joy to Community

It's the time of year when many organizations gather together to support those in need. One Texoma city is taking that a step further. In Newcastle the entire city is pitching in together to help the needy this holiday season.

It's called the Christmas Stocking project and it's been going strong for nearly 20 years. Longtime Newcastle resident  T.N. Wooldridge is gearing up for the Christmas holiday, getting all the paperwork in order for the annual Christmas Stocking.

"I know most of the children in town," said Wooldridge. "Knowing that they need help and being able to be an organization that does help, it's a good feeling."

He alongside 18 committee members will bring joy into the lives of children and adults in the community. This project allows locals to adopt an angel from one of their many angel trees decked inside shops. Once adopted the person begins buying items for the angel, which is a child in the community who might not otherwise receive a gift.

"They ask if they want a doll or if they want a bicycle or if they need shoes they ask on the application," he said.

Last year 38 children received gifts and 30 families received a food basket. On Saturday, December 10 volunteers will walk door to door to every home in Newcastle and leave a trash bag on doorsteps. The next day the bags are picked up, many filled with food items.

"If you can give one or two cans of food or baskets full of food we appreciate all of it."

Just in time for Christmas the committee will drop off the presents and food baskets, but not before gift-wrapping and adding their own personal touch to a Newcastle holiday tradition.

If you would like to donate you can contact the Farmers National Bank of Newcastle at
(940) 846-3556 or Cathy Creel at the Newcastle School (940) 862-5625. A big donor of the Christmas Stocking project is actually a local Wichita Falls law firm. The firm donates coats for all the children.

The group will hold their first meeting Monday at the school office at 4 p.m. for those who want to be a part of it. Later in December members will meet at the local Volunteer Fire Department to wrap all the gifts.