by Lisa Tome
All the local towns hosted festive Christmas activities - a parade, tree lightings, open houses, staff appreciation parties and other events to celebrate the season.
But behind the scenes, those who work in the towns also work to provide holiday cheer for others.
In Elkton, town employees and members of the public also assisted children from within the community.
An angel tree was placed in town hall. People then chose an ornament with a gift item listed. They returned gifts to under the tree. The gifts then went to the Elkton family.
Elkton's town officials and police department also teamed up with VFW Memorial Post 8185 for a toy drive for families of needy veterans. Mayor Rob Alt, Elkton's Commissioners and the Elkton FOP worked to get 150 toys. The drive was a success with more than 500 toys and $750 in donations collected.
Cecilton staffers and the town board adopted a family in need through Cecilton Elementary School. They provided a woman and her three children with Christmas gifts and all the supplies for a holiday meal.
Chesapeake City donated all the leftover food from the town holiday party to the children who attend the Generation Station.
The town also collected several boxes of toys for Toys for Tots. Even after the deadline for the collection expired, donations of new, unwrapped toys continued to come in to town hall.