A program in Neshoba County to "adopt" needy families for Christmas is falling short with two weeks left until Christmas.
"This is beginning to scare me that we are not going to be able to meet the needs of all these people," said the Rev. Glenn Jackson of the Neshoba County Baptist Association.
Each year the association teams up with the Neshoba Democrat to help families in need during the holidays. With two weeks until Christmas, so far less than 10 percent of the families registered have been adopted.
"Right now, only eight families have been adopted out of the 131 families we have," said Jackson. "And that represents 230 plus children who are not going to have anything for Christmas."
This is not just for kids. Organizers say a number of the requests for help are from senior citizens who are forced to choose between buying medicine or food.
"It's not just about toys. It is about a child waking up on Christmas morning and looking and seeing that someone really cares," said Jackson. "And that's the whole purpose of our association, to let people know that we care and God cares."
The deadline to adopt a family is Friday, Dec. 18.