PRINCETON — In the final days of the fifth annual Christmas for Kids campaign, a shortage of donations was reported by Pastor Doug Kirkpatrick of Princeton Wesleyan Church, who spearheads the project.
The campaign is collecting new, unwrapped children’s toys that will be distributed to less-fortunate parents in hopes of being able to provide a merry Christmas for their kids.
Kirkpatrick said he was taken back when he discovered approximately 100 more families had been referred to the program this year.
This means the campaign will be hoping to serve around 600 local children.
Looking through the donations the drive has collected so far, Kirkpatrick said there are fewer donations this year compared to last. Where things stand now, there’s just not enough to cover the entire need, he said.
“The community has always stepped up and helped. We’re just counting on the community to do that again,” he said.
Kirkpatrick is hoping there will be a busy turnout to the Freezin’ for a Reason event, which will be the campaign’s final push for donations. The event will be going on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the Prouty Building in Princeton. People can drive up and hand off a donated toy or a monetary donation.
Monetary donations can also be deposited in the Christmas for Kids bank account at any Heartland Bank and Trust branch up until Thursday, Dec. 6, which will also be the final day the Christmas for Kids toy drop-off boxes will be set up in 32 areas around the county.
The toy drive serves newborns through eighth-graders in Princeton, LaMoille, Malden, Ohio, Neponset, Wyanet, Sheffield, Buda and Manlius.
Parents who have been referred to the program will be invited to the shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Princeton Wesleyan Church.