Christmas came early for some county children thanks to Winbush Racing and others in the community who helped donate toys at Heritage House on Saturday.

“This year our program went very well. We had a very successful turnout, and all the kids were very happy to meet Santa and receive their gifts,” said Earl Winbush of Winbush Racing.

He started his annual fundraiser the week of Thanksgiving when he made a Faceboook post asking if anyone would like to sponsor a child as part of the Christmas program.

“It’s $50 to sponsor a child,” said Winbush. “Some sponsor one child. Some sponsor more. No amount is too big or too small.”

Individuals have a week to donate towards the sponsorship, then Winsbush starts the process of selecting children.

“This process can be tough, because we never have enough funds to cover every child who needs help,” he admitted.

The total amount raised is divided by $50, which tells them how many children they can help. This year they raised $2,600, which equaled 52 children.

Once children are selected, they get their wish lists, and then they go shopping for items and wrap them. The parents then bring the children to Heritage House where they receive their gifts.

“They get to meet Santa, receive their gifts and get cookies and drinks as a part of our program as well,” said Winbush.

Children also received additional gifts from We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy, Odds & Ends Outlet and Cindy and Amanda Bowman.

“A big thank you to Heritage House home furnishings, as well as Snack Shop vending and everyone else who sponsored our Christmas fundraiser,” Winsbush concluded.