The stores around town are bustling with people getting ready for the Christmas holiday. Storefronts are sprinkled with snow and sparkling lights; strangers share a friendly smile as they push through the aisles filling their carts with gifts for loved ones. The Christmas spirit is alive. For some that spirit is threatened by thoughts of disappointing their little ones this holiday season as financial struggles bear down on families in our communities. Through your participation in the Jaycee Toybox, you can share your blessings with those in need.
Being a single mom is difficult, for Ms. K it is her greatest gift despite the struggles it brings with it. "I work hard for my kids, they are my everything. I wish I could give them more. Some months water and electric is all I have, but we make do."
Ms. K works two jobs with help from her niece in the evenings to care for her two children. Her youngest, a little girl age 6, loves "My Little Pony", dress up clothes, puzzles, musical instruments and would enjoy some books to read with her mom. Her son, age 9, enjoys building toys such as Legos, pirates, "Paws Patrol", and cars. Please consider adding the "K" kids to your Christmas list this year!
On the other end of the spectrum, we have many elderly in our community that spend Christmas alone, struggling to meet the daily expenses that life demands. In the Jaycee Christmas for the Elderly program, we reach out to those in need and provide the basics that many of us take for granted. Mr. "P" is a cancer survivor who suffers from Parkinson 's disease. He would like to have a 2XL coat for this winter season, warm socks, and XXL t-shirts and flannels to layer up. Mr. "B" has moderate intellectual disabilities and requires full care. His income is consumed by his full-time care. Mr. "B" would like a small radio for his room, 2XL shirts or sweatshirts, and Men's XL gloves. Gift cards to Broadway Pharmacy or Walmart are also appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season to make a difference to others!