Rusty Mac Adopt a Teen program aims to share holiday cheer

JACKSON, Tenn. — In time for the holidays, the annual Rusty Mac Adopt a Teen program is under way across West Tennessee. For nearly 20 years, the program sponsored through the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse has raised donations to share the magic of Christmas with teenagers. The nonprofit asks for $100 to buy each sponsored teen a gift. “We give the $100 back to the social workers,” Conrad Delaney, a volunteer with the program, said. “They do the shopping. They get the gift to the teen. The teen in no way ever sees the actual money themselves.” The group plans to sponsor more than 300 teenagers this Christmas. They say donations for about a third of those already have been raised. Donations can be made online, by mail or in person.

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