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Rainbow Center hosts Christmas in Porterdale

PORTERDALE - Rainbow Community Center is hoping to make the holidays a little happier for residents of Porterdale again this year.

The Rainbow Community Center's Christmas in Porterdale event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Rev. Clara Lett, director of the center, which serves as the county's only homeless shelter, and volunteers will distribute bags of food purchased from the Atlanta Food Bank to residents.

Clothes and other items will also be for sale, and the youth group from The Church at Covington will perform.

This is the fourth year the center has hosted the event, which was first started by the Bibb Company, Lett said.

Each year the shelter distributes between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds of food, she said.

Last year, more than 100 families were served at the event, Lett said.

Many elderly people also benefit from the event, she said, adding volunteers will provide transportation for residents without vehicles.

The Community Center is located at 9 Hemlock St.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.