After receiving toy and monetary donations from area residents, the Toys for Children Program run by Pell City was able to provide a happy Christmas for nearly 785 children in the greater Pell City area.

The original goal this year was to raise $20,000 in order to purchase toys for youngsters whose parents might not otherwise be able to provide gifts for their young ones. Since the economy has been rocky for many families this year, the Toys for Children program made its purpose—as it does each year—to provide toys to families who have fallen on hard times.

Throughout the fall, the parents contacted the Pell City Civic Center and let them know of their need and provided Christmas lists for their kids.

“Tim Sweezy and I raised the money,” Nancy Crow, of the Pell City Parks and Recreation said. “We contacted businesses and others in the community and they are all so great. They send money and then we have events here to raise funds like the womanless pageant. That was great fun and it raised a lot of money, as did a lot of the other events we had this year.”

Toys for Children then shopped for each child by assigning a letter and number system to keep those in need anonymous, since many churches and school who help may know the child they are providing gifts for.

Crow explained, “If they have three kids, say kids ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C.’ They’ll put the gifts in different bags and put their numbers on it so that no one knows who they’re buying for.”

The Pell City Parks and Recreation has been providing toys for area children for six years. Previously the Jaycees civic group provided for those youngsters in need during Christmas.

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