BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
FARMINGTON – The Frodsham Christmas Celebration is sticking a little closer to home this year.
The annual event, which for decades has provided a day of Christmas activities, food, gifts and winter clothes for homeless families, is seeking donations and volunteers for the Dec. 21 event. After a year of challenges, the Frodshams have decided to focus this year’s event only on Davis County residents in need.
“Bussing the people in from Salt Lake cost me a whole bunch of money last year,” said Barbara Frodsham. “It’ll be the same event we’ve always done. It’ll just be a little smaller this year.”
The family has also faced personal challenges. Bret Frodsham, Barbara’s son and a major source of the event’s success over the last few years, is currently undergoing radiation therapy for cancer.
“He’s going to try and kill any cancer in there, but he can’t do anything,” said Frodsham. “His ward is helping a lot, but we need more help, too.”
Donations of all kinds are welcome, from crock pots of soup, stews and chili for lunch to gently used coats and other winter gear. This year, organizers are also looking for Christmas trees in order to help display hats and scarves for children to take.
New, giftwrapped items would also be appreciated. Please label gifts by age, gender and size so they can be given to the child who could best use them. A Deseret Industries pod will be located at 230 E. 1700 South in Farmington beginning Dec. 16 in order to collect items.
Volunteers are also needed at 9 a.m. the morning of Dec. 21 to help set up for the event, which begins at noon, and to help guide guests through the various activities. As in previous years, homeless kids will get the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and roast marshmallows by a campfire.
“That’s always fun for kids,” said Frodsham. “It should be a good party.”
For more information or to ask a specific question about a donation, call 801-451-0608 and leave a message.