By Sam Poe
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 12:12 AM
There will be a Christmas Open House at the Legacy House (commonly known as the Ray House) on State Highway 195 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday. This Open House will be filled with Christmas music from local performers, and Santa will be present to visit with the children. The special part of this Open House will be the special services that will be available to the community. Event organizer, Lea Benton, stated that their main goal is to take a little stress out of this holiday season.
First, free gift wrapping will be provided. All you have to do is bring your unwrapped items, and volunteers will wrap the gifts for you. Also, if you have a gift that requires assembly (i.e. those beautiful but complicated toy kitchens) someone will be on hand to assemble those for you as well! Both of these services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. However, if you are comfortable leaving your gifts behind, volunteers can complete your projects after the event for you to pick up on a later date.
Another community service that will be provided this year will possibly be even more helpful to Haleyville residents, especially for those who are not able to get around town on their own. Many people complain each year that there just isn’t enough time to complete the grocery and/or gift shopping, and some simply despise the crowds. This year, the Bentons and a host of volunteers from the area want to lighten your load by completing your shopping for you. If you would like to reap the benefits of this offer, here’s what you need to do. 1. Make your shopping list, complete with specific brands if needed. 2. Provide CASH for the purchase(s). 3. Contact Lea Benton at 205-485-4372 to request your own personalized shopping extravaganza. Please give as much notice as possible to allow enough time to find volunteers for your mission!
And finally, if you would like to donate to the project, either monetarily or by giving your time, please give Lea a call at the number listed above. Organizers are also asking for donations of wrapping paper, either new rolls or partially used rolls that you no longer need. There is a drop box for that on the front porch of the Legacy House, and you can drop off your wrapping paper donations in the box any time this week.
The Legacy House was recently purchased by Butch Benton, and the Bentons have put a lot of time and effort into restoring the historic Haleyville landmark. As seen in the photos above, the home is now decorated for the Christmas season, and the Bentons invite you to come visit the home and see the renovations for yourself this Sunday afternoon!