Christmas Parents seeking toy donations
The Charlotte County Christmas Parents have been able to overcome many obstacles to make Christmas a reality for children in need. However, with the holiday season fast approaching, they are still in need of help.
According to Kay Pierantoni, who represents the Wylliesburg/Red Oak District on the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors (BOS) and is a member of the organization, monetary and toy donations are still needed. “We need donations of toys by Nov. 22.” she said.
Also, the organization is asking parents or guardians with children who are in need to fill out a qualification form.
This program is for children ages birth to age 12 who qualify. Qualifications include those children who receive free or reduced lunch, attend Head Start, are under Medicaid or are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Parents or guardians must sign up and provide proof before the distribution day. Forms are available through elementary schools, at the Department of Social Services or the Treasuer’s Office and proof of qualification must accompany the form. “Forms received without proof are not eligible to receive toys,” said Pierantoni.
According to the organization, once forms are received, citizens will be notified whether their form is complete or not.
“If a parent or guardian that is requesting help has not received a call from The Charlotte County Christmas Parents by Dec. 1, they should call (434) 568-7414.” added Pierantoni.
At one time, the Charlotte County Christmas Parents served seven counties. They have been in operation for over 20 years.
The organization was not able to provide gifts for children in 2018. “I hate to think about letting this go as I think about the children who will be disappointed at Christmas this year,” Pierantoni said.
Over the years, the organization, run entirely by volunteers, has provided toys and even clothes for hundreds of children who would not otherwise have anything under the Christmas tree.
This season’s distribution day is scheduled for Dec. 7 at Randolph-Henry High School.
For more information on the Charlotte County Christmas Parents or to donate contact Kay Pierantoni at (434) 568-7414.