The club, founded in September, will be stationed outside Sumiton’s Walmart on Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with two boats. Their hope is that people will donate enough new, unwrapped toys to fill the boats. The club will also accept monetary donations for toy purchases.
“We just wanted to do something to give back to the community,” founding member Seth Skalnik said.
Mission of Hope director Lori Abercrombie said she was grateful for the help from the club, since they are expecting approximately 200 preregistered kids at their Dec. 22 giveaway.
“There is a big need out there right now,” Abercrombie said. “People are still struggling, and it takes us all working together to help the community.”
Abercrombie said they are still seeing people every day who need assistance, and this time of year can be particularly stressful to those who have lost their jobs or who are working minimum wage jobs.
“We know that certain times of the year families struggle,” Abercrombie said. “The holidays should be a joyous time, but for families that are struggling it can be a burden.”
In that holiday spirit, Mission of Hope will host a Cookies with Santa event this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at their location just off Horse Creek Boulevard in Dora. This event is open to the entire community, not just families that qualify for assistance. Santa will be there for pictures, and the children with have the opportunity to decorate cookies and enjoy holiday festivities.
The Mission of Hope serves 100 to 200 families at each of their twice monthly food and clothing bank events. In addition to toys, the Mission is accepting donations of food, money or used clothing (in good condition). For more information, visit www.missionofhopedora.com or call (205) 647-4766.