Although it may take a little more than a trip to the mall to show the community how much it is appreciated, officials and community leaders alike say, if it were, they’d give Cherokee County many gifts.
All Jennifer Stanley, special events and economic development coordinator for Holly Springs, wants for the county is success.
“My gift would be success for local businesses and industries,” Stanley said. “We have so many hidden assets in our county. My hope is that our residents become proponents of our local homegrown talents and resources.”
JoEllen Wilson, vice president for advancement at Reinhardt University, has a long list of things to bestow upon the county.
“For Christmas 2013, I would give Cherokee County a buyer for the Jones Building in downtown Canton, a sound barrier to help (aquatic center) neighbors, a waste-water treatment system for Waleska, more open shops in Ball Ground and lots of toys for good girls and boys.”
While Cherokee County may be facing some challenges, Charlice Byrd, incoming president of the Towne Lake Optimist Club, said she has the answer.
Naturally, it’s optimism.
“Optimism is a mental attitude,” said Byrd, who is also a former state representative. “Faith and optimism are contagious. If we all had optimism, we would all be full of joy and happiness.”
With that frame of mind, Byrd said it doesn’t matter what’s going wrong.
Canton City Manager Scott Wood said the first thing he would give Cherokee County would be an end to drug use.
“(Drugs) affect not only the user but their family and the economy and community as a whole,” he said. “I’d love to see us advance to that point someday.”
Wood said he’d also like “health and prosperity for us all.”
Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss also wishes for health for all during the holidays and the New Year, along with safety.
Considering his line of work, Moss said there likely are too many things to mention that he hopes to bring to Cherokee County and Woodstock.
“Obviously, the business I’m in, peace certainly ranks right up there,” Moss said.