Four Christmas events scheduled for this weekend had to be postponed due to the snowstorm that sacked Douglas County Friday and Saturday.
Operation Christmas Douglas County (OCDC) and the Herb Emory Memorial Toys for Tots Drive & Bike Ride have both been rescheduled for next Saturday, Dec. 16.
Operation Christmas, the effort headed by Superior Court Judge William “Beau” McClain to provide needy children in the county with Christmas gifts, was officially postponed Saturday morning.
Parents were notified of the postponement via the school system’s automatic calling system and on OCDC’s Facebook page at facebook.com/TheElfSquad.
As of late Friday, McClain was letting those at the 28 sites distributing gifts to children with “Golden Tickets” decide if they wanted to open and distribute gifts yesterday or wait, and many sites had planned to open later than the original start time Saturday.
But McClain said Saturday morning that with poor road conditions and power outages due to the weather, the decision was made to postpone Operation Christmas entirely.
All sites will be ready and waiting on the families they will serve next Saturday from 9-11 a.m.
“We are looking forward to serving over 8,000 Douglas County children with the gift of Christmas on December 16,” McClain said.
The Herb Emory Memorial Toys for Tots Drive & Bike Ride at Fred’s Bar-B-Q House on Thornton Road in Lithia Springs has also been rescheduled for next Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event is an annual gathering to keep alive the memory and love of so many for Capt. Herb Emory during his signature event and to bring Christmas joy to children in need with the gift of toys on Christmas morning.
Fred Harris, owner of the barbecue spot with his name on it, and his son, Todd, created the event in 1997 and with the help of the late Capt. Herb Emory and his wife, Karen, beginning in 2001, made it the hugely successful event it is today.
The fourth annual Herb Emory Memorial Ride which coincides with the toy drive will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. There will be plenty of family-friendly festivities throughout the day at Fred’s as part of the toy drive.
Douglas County Parks and Recreation postponed the Deer Lick Park Christmas event and Tree Lighting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 because of the inclement weather.
“A new date has not been scheduled as yet,” Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Tracie Ivey said. “We will work on scheduling a new date sometime next week,” Ivey said.
And the Douglas County Chamber Singers Christmas Concert scheduled for this past Friday at 8 p.m. at Douglasville First United Methodist was canceled. Organizers were looking at possibly rescheduling, but nothing was finalized as of late Saturday.