Toython This Weekend

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Andy Hodges, coordinator at Wesley House, which distributes the toys, says there are many families in need this Christmas.

"This economy has been so hard on people," said Hodges. "I know they are saying stores are getting these really great sales and everybody is out there purchasing, but most of these people just don't have anything left to purchase with. And I encourage the community to get out and support these people that are really having a hard time."

The economy has made it difficult for some families during the holiday season. Hodges says there are two times as many families as last year that have asked for help.

"Fifty percent of the ones that have come here this year are first time askers," said Hodges. "And it's really hard for them to come out and ask for help because they don't know how. They never had to; they worked all of their lives. They've supported their families and now they're having a really hard time getting out to ask for help."

Toython is really designed to help those struggling financially. Individuals asking for help are among those who have been hit the hardest by the recession.

"They're just having a really hard time with the economy,: Hodges said. "A lot of times, their hours have been cut, or they're working at restaurants where the tips and things aren't as good as they used to be. Just, a lot of them have been laid off."

Hodges said he wants to remind everyone, it's the season to give.

"Give! Give money, give toys, anything you've got to give," said Hodges.

There are chances to participate in Toython. WTOK will have a large truck at Bonita Wal-Mart to collect the new toys. We'll be there from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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