"We'll probably have a bigger Christmas than we've ever had."
It’s bigger in demand, however, so far smaller in supply. That's what Wesley House Director Nell Grissom has to say about the agency's efforts this holiday. Each year the agency serves almost 5,000 people, many who are children. With hundreds of children already signed up for Christmas assistance and many more who are victims of recent storms expected to soon do so, officials say what they've collected so far is not nearly enough!
The room that Wesley House officials need to fill with toys to meet this year's demand. So far, about four plastic bags and a keyboard has been donated. With so many in need and so little to give, Wesley House officials say it's obvious that more donations are needed.
We give four toys to each child and we give families gifts," says Grissom. "You add up 1,000 people times four and it comes up to a lot of people."
Although the need is there, right now the donations just are not, and that's why officials are asking for the public's help.
"People have given so much this year until we're having a hard time financially," says Grissom, "but I know people can adopt a child and we're in desperate need of people to adopt a foster child.
With Christmas less than a month away and at least 50 foster children still left to be adopted, Grissom says more donators are need and quickly. You can do so this Friday and Saturday at WTOK's annual Toython at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Meridian.
For more information on that or how you can donate otherwise call the Wesley House at (601) 485-4736.
"We don't want any child to be left without Christmas," says Grissom.