Children First: Toython 2004

Reaching out to your community can be as simple as buying a toy and bringing it to a truck that will be waiting in the parking lot of Wal-Mart Super Center in Meridian on Friday and Saturday. Members of WTOK's staff will be there to thank you.

Each year, this simple act helps thousands of families, your neighbors.

"When you have children come here and apply and we ask them what they would like, what do they need? One maybe big thing? And they say food, times are hard," said Ginger Stevens, associate director of Wesley House. "When a child wants food, you know that it's hard times. So it's right here in our community and it could be someone next to you in church."

Stevens says no gift is insignificant. Even teething rings and soft toys safe for infants are desirable. Also keep in mind balls for all ages and games for teenagers.

"It's important to remember you're helping someone this year and maybe you might need help next year. The war and Ivan and just day to day life brings us; none of us know from the next day to the next, so it's an opportunity to be able to reach out to someone who really does need help," Stevens said.

Toython will be Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Super Wal-Mart in Meridian.

Emergency applications are being taken Friday at Wesley House for people who need help.