Community comes together to help children have a bright Christmas
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
Because of a local program, which focuses on bringing toys to children, the Christmas holiday can really be bright for those who are in need.
Tolson Community Action Center of Mt. Pleasant has been hosting a toy drive/sale for families in need for 28 years.
“I have worked for Tolson for 30 years and we have been doing this forever,” said Paula Morgan, family development specialist at Tolson.
Families who are in need can signup and if they are eligible for the help, those families can shop for toys for their little ones.
“Kids are not allowed to be here while parents shop. It’s Christmas time and it needs to be a surprise,” Morgan said.
The event takes place at the fire station in Mt. Pleasant and has for almost 20 years.
“The people here at the fire station have been helpful,” Morgan said. “The community has been helpful as well. We really appreciate the help and all the volunteers. The donations have been wonderful.”
Tolson Community Action held a toy drive at Orschelns in Mt. Pleasant on Dec. 7. Between that toy drive, other donations from community members and monetary donations, toys were made available to those local children in need.
“One hundred percent of the donations go into this program and it’s really great,” Morgan added.
According to Morgan, every one who signs up to see if they are eligible to shop for toys is assured a gift for their child/children.
“We had donations from Memphis, Mo.,” said Morgan. “A ladies group from there handcrafted a bunch of quilts for the children.”
Games, books, blankets and much more were all collected to help those families who need it this holiday season.
“We always make sure each family gets a game and a book. I’m a bookworm so I really like that we received so many books. We really want to push family time. With the way everything is and people being so technology driven, we really want families to spend time together. Families need that,” Morgan said.
Morgan, along with other volunteers, spent Thursday Dec. 19, setting up the toys so eligible parents could come shop for toys. Parents were then assigned a time to come in and get those toys for their children. They were either assigned a time on Friday or Saturday, so they can get the gifts wrapped in time for Christmas.
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s really worthwhile. It’s just great to help local children in need,” Morgan said.