Benton Food Pantry Gives Away Toys For Christmas
BENTON -- A local pantry is giving away more than food this holiday season. The Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance is also providing toys to make sure kids in needy families don't go without Christmas gifts.
Every year the pantry tries to supply toys and extra food for families during Christmas time. That serves as a big relief for parents who can't afford either.
For 34 years, Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance has held a food basket give-away and toy drive, for the low-income families they serve.
"We provide them with a large amount of food, which they can purchase at the local Save-A-Lot store. And then the children get a toy and the parents a choice on the toys," says pantry director Vicki Seagle.
While they provide food all year around, it's Christmas time that means the most to Seagle.
"How wonderful it is for a child to wake up Christmas morning, to a brand new wrapped Christmas gift from the little man in the red suit," says Seagle.
Sadly not every child gets to experience the joy of unwrapping a gift Christmas morning. That's why the organization reaches out to help. On Tuesday, the Ewing Northern Fire Protection District opened its doors to allow parents a chance to shop for gifts.
"Thank God that we can come here and get what we can get. I just thank the Lord for it," says Hellen Willett.
Walmart and public donations helped supply enough toys for nearly 300 kids to have two toys each.
Toy drive director Tiffany Lucas says, this gives all the volunteers and the community a chance to bring a little joy to a child this Christmas.
"People in the community are supportive of others who might not be able to provide for their families and provide them the things that every parent wishes that they could provide their kids," she says.
Any left over toys from today will go to other organizations in the community.
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