Some Barrow County kids might not get holiday presents this year because the continued bleak economic conditions have resulted in a greater than ever need for toys and gifts, while donations are at an alltime low.
“We raised $11,000 last year to supplement toy donations made by Toys for Tots,” said long-time program coordinator Michelle Walker. “Due to increased needs, our goal this year was to raise $15,000, but we’re off to a slow start.”
For the past 11 years, Barrow County Holiday Connection has been a volunteer-based cooperative effort between local schools, churches, the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFACS) and Family Connection/ Communities in Schools. The goal is to ensure that children who might otherwise slip through the cracks during the holidays receive gifts. Last year more than 2,300 local children were served.
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