City businesses filled with holiday activity

By: By Laura Deans - Contributing columnist

Thanksgiving holiday, Coat Closet, Christmas in the City, and the Christmas in Clinton Parade … let the festivities begin!

First off, Happy Thanksgiving! From the Chamber Family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and a fun time with family and friends. As you enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, we encourage you to continue to reflect on the many blessings you have been given. The Chamber is honored to be a part of Sampson County and we are so thankful for each of you and your support of the Chamber. We look forward to the continued growth of the Chamber, supporting the businesses and community.

The Coat Closet collection period is winding down as we are approaching the end of November. During the next few weeks, the Coat Closet Committee will pull from donated coats and purchase coats from local businesses to ensure that the requests have been filled. We look forward to “giving the gift of warmth this winter” and we thank you for your support in this project. If you know of an individual or family in need that would benefit from the coat closet project, please give us a call at 592-6177. Our goal is to have all of the coats distributed prior to Christmas.

One week from Thanksgiving Day, Downtown Clinton will be in the festive spirit for the annual “Christmas in the City” on Thursday, Dec. 3. Join us in downtown Clinton for the tree lighting celebration at 5:30pm followed by a wide variety of events including museum tours, carriage and hay rides, gingerbread decorating, live entertainment, and much more. We look forward to another great event with an evening full of festive activities.

On Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. Santa Clause will be in town for the Annual Christmas in Clinton Parade. With over 100 entries, we are looking forward to a great parade filled with music, dancing, professional floats, antique cars, and more. See you in Downtown Clinton on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Lastly, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season and to remind you of the importance of supporting our local businesses. Join us this Saturday, Nov. 28 as we support local businesses for “Small Business Saturday”, held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I encourage each of you to stop in to local businesses and first off, thank them for their support of the community and their dedication to our local economy. Secondly, I encourage you to support them and shop local.

I look forward to seeing each of you throughout the community on Nov. 28 as we support our local businesses with Small Business Saturday. Share with us on the Chamber’s Facebook page your small business support story. For more information about the Coat Closet, Christmas in the City, Christmas in Clinton parade or Small Business Saturday, call 910-592-6177 or visit

Laura Deans is former executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

By Laura Deans

Contributing columnist

Laura Deans is former executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.