In the early 1950s, the fund expanded to provide gifts to adults as well as children. In 1959, the Decatur County Rural Youth Club brought attention to the needs of people throughout the county, and the fund was expanded a second time to provide countywide service.
Deliveries of gifts were not made between 1944 to 1948 “during the war years and immediately thereafter.” In 1949, the fund was re-instituted and volunteers were able to provide presents for 50 children with money that had been on deposit since 1943.
We can appreciate the many people who have helped with the Cheer Fund over the years. And now, because this is the last column before Christmas, I wish you a Christmas filled with great joy.