Something caught me off guard this morning- browsing through the internet I ran across a story about how some Mississippi county's Toys For Tots program in had been cancelled due to the lack of a coordinator. Unable to get through the lengthy screening/application process in time, Jaimie Farris quickly set up her own effort, "Christmas Elves for Kids", in partnership with the Coastal Family Health Center to help provide for children in both Jackson and George Counties.
Tears streamed down my cheeks as I grabbed my keys and wallet heading for the door, and off to K-Mart to buy some toys. I have so much to be thankful for- a warm home, food in the pantry, and parents who loved me and bought me fun toys to play with at Christmas. I had been (laughs) buying all these toys for myself lately, and not thought about all the children that might not get a toy during the holidays- Friends, that didn't sit well with me at all. The Marines do so much for us and still take the time to help make sure all those children have a happy moment on Christmas morning- the very least I can do is get some toys to these men so they can accomplish their very special mission. I hope you will find it in your heart to help them too! Click on the Toys For Tots icon on the sidebar of this blog to find out where you can drop off some toys for these children in need, and put a smile on some sweet little person's face this holiday!
Check out the FUN toy haul I scored today... not a one for myself, honest:
U.S. Marine Jim Marble takes a stuff animal from Samantha Stuber,2, to donate to Toys for Tots Saturday afternoon at the Toys for Tots drive, Dole Institute of Politics. Photo by Megan True, LJWorld.Com: