ST. ALBANS — The relocation of the state office building in January will have one unintended consequence – less time to purchase gifts for needy children through the Holiday Project.

Each year residents of Franklin County purchase gifts for children who are in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) and families with which DCF is working. Last year, 420 children received gifts.

The gifts are delivered out of the state office building, where workers are preparing to move to new offices on Federal Street within in a few weeks. As a result, DCF is asking that all of the packages be ready to go on Dec. 8, at least a week earlier than in past years.

Lists with the ages and wishes of children from infants to age 18 can be found at the St. Albans Free Library, as well as at libraries in Georgia and Highgate.

Gail Gamache and her granddaughter, Brooklyn Rainville, age 7, were in the St. Albans library on Wednesday, selecting a child for which to make Christmas brighter.

“We’re just looking for a special one,’ said Gamache, to which Brooklyn added, “A girl.”

Librarian MaryPat Larrabee was pleased to see residents taking cards. She’s concerned about the tighter deadlines this year. “I think it’ll be a challenge,” she said.

To help, simply select a child to buy for, take the card with the child’s wishes, purchase the gifts and bring them to the library – wrapped or unwrapped – with the card by Monday, Dec. 8.