On Saturday, December 18, 2010, hundreds of Savannah’s kids will get the Christmas they wish for. In an unprecedented cooperative effort between the Kids Helping Kids with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, JCPenney, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Pan Hellenic Society, Junior League of Savannah, Zeta Phi Beta, Top Ladies of Distinction and others, a collection for toys, clothes, school supplies, and children’s books is underway.
“This is our 29th year,” says Deborah Enoch, Program Director at the West Broad Street YMCA. “And every year is better than the last!.”
“I have faith that our community will not let our families down,” says Peter Doliber, Executive Director of the West Broad Street YMCA.
The Y is asking for new or gently loved toys, clothing, books, school supplies or “anything that will make a kid smile”. The items will be for children from infancy through teens, so there really is no limit on what can be put to good use.
“Last year we had over 500 families, double of the year before. And we are expecting many more this year. Almost all of our parents work and do their best to provide for their kids for Christmas, but this year our parents are telling us that the money they earn is going for necessities like food, rent, and supplies. No kid really ‘needs’ a toy, but they do need to know that someone cares about them and that Santa didn’t forget them this year,” Doliber says.
Donations can be brought to the West Broad Street YMCA 1110 May Street or the JCPenney at Oglethorpe Mall. Money donations are also accepted and the Y staff will do the shopping for you. The event kicks off on Saturday, December 18 at 8 am at the West Broad Street YMCA. Parents must bring a proof of residency (this event is only open to Savannah residents in the immediate area of the Y) and a social security card for each child (to ensure that the toys are going to kids). One of Santa’s elves will bring the family to the toy shop set up in the Y gym and help them pick out their items. For more information please contact Peter Doliber at 912 233 1951.