Oakman town Christmas party, fundraiser set for Saturday

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/1/17

OAKMAN — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Oakman, and town leaders are inviting community members to attend a Christmas party and toy drive Saturday.

Festivities will be held at the Oakman Senior Center from 6 until 10 p.m. Saturday, and include Christmas line dancing, food, a selfie station and fellowship.

“We’re going to move all the tables out [for dancing], and we’re going to have hot dogs, chips and drinks,” Oakman Town Clerk Lisa Lockhart said.

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Oakman town Christmas party, fundraiser set for Saturday

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OAKMAN — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Oakman, and town leaders are inviting community members to attend a Christmas party and toy drive Saturday.

Festivities will be held at the Oakman Senior Center from 6 until 10 p.m. Saturday, and include Christmas line dancing, food, a selfie station and fellowship.

“We’re going to move all the tables out [for dancing], and we’re going to have hot dogs, chips and drinks,” Oakman Town Clerk Lisa Lockhart said.

Oakman local David Tucker will be playing a variety of music at the event. Lockhart said Tucker is a coal miner, and he volunteered to perform at the party and support a great cause.

Lockhart said all guests are encouraged to bring a toy or donation for the toy drive to the party. Toys, clothing and other gifts are currently being collected at the Dollar General in Oakman, the Oakman Senior Center and Oakman Town Hall until Dec. 8.

The town has received requests from many families in need of assistance to give their children a special Christmas, and the most popular toys suggested have been basketballs, soccer balls and footballs. Lockhart said many people have donated items for the drive, but they are still in need of toys and clothing for younger children, five and under.

Lockhart said they are also accepting donations of candy to be given out during their Christmas parade. Candy may be dropped off at the Christmas party or during the week at town hall.

Oakman’s Christmas parade will be next Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., with a tree lighting prior at 5 p.m. After the parade, chili will be served at the Oakman Senior Center, which will also serve as a warming station.

“There’s going to be a lot of surprises the night of the parade,” Lockhart said.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said the Christmas party Saturday is designed to bring the community together, many of whom may not have a family to spend Christmas with. He said it’s also a fun evening to help collect some donations for their toy drive.

“The fundraiser is to help collect items for kids who are less fortunate and to try to help them have a good Christmas,” Franks said. “We also want to help everybody in our community who may be on hard times and need some help giving their kids a better Christmas.”

He added, “Hopefully people will come out and support it and be a part of it.”

For more information about all Christmas events in Oakman, call town hall at (205) 622-3232.