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  • Celeste Smith

Wesley House Community Center now accepting toy donations for annual Christmas toy distribution

The Wesley House Community Center is officially collecting toy donations to gift to children for their annual Christmas Clearinghouse Program.

Each year during the holiday season, the Wesley House Community Center holds a Christmas Clearinghouse Program, allowing local community members to sign up their children ranging from ages 2-12 to receive a free gift of 4 to 5 toys.

Through this holiday program, the Wesley House Child Advocacy Center, allows for members of the community to sponsor local foster children, and buy them presents for the holiday.

Reverend David Schultz shared that this year, thanks to the community, all of the foster children, just under 100, have been sponsored to receive gifts, but they still depend heavily on community donations as they anticipate gifting hundreds of other local children with toys, as many parents are still signing their children up for the program.

“With the sign up this far, this year versus last year, we’re looking at about the same number, probably around 500 children that we’ll be providing Christmas joy for, and so with that and of course with the ages that we have, we look forward to doing that,” said Rev. David Schultz, executive director at Wesley House.

Reverend Schultz also shared that even during the pandemic, Wesley House has seen a great community response to assist with their annual holiday toy program.

“This year, I’m seeing so much generosity and giving from individuals, individuals that are providing in so many different ways. To be able to have the number of toys that we need to give. We’ve got a great community that is providing for each other, and that’s very awe inspiring,” said David Schultz.

This year, the Wesley House Community Center’s distribution for itsChristmas Clearinghouse will be held in a drive through format on December 21 and December 22. For more information on how you can donate and volunteer for this program, you can contact the Wesley House Community Center at (601) 485-4736.

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