500 families helped by Scott County toy drive

500 families helped by Scott County toy drive

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By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

ONEIDA (WATE) - For the fourth year, four Scott County non-profit organizations teamed up to help kids have a merrier Christmas.

The Unicorn Fund, the Morgan Scott Project, the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club distributed toys Saturday to about 500 parents in Scott County.

Nella Green has volunteered distributing toys for the Unicorn Fund for the past three years.

"This program has helped a lot of children in Scott County and I volunteer every year to help out, and it's helped me out a whole lot," Green said.

Volunteers say the day was busy from the get go, helping families hard hit by the economy, as Scott County has the highest unemployment rate in the state.

"We were lined up 5 deep. When I gave the cards out this morning, I gave out to 228 families, individuals, and we ran 70 people through in 30 minutes, because we had 25 volunteers back here, taking the families through and helping them to shop," said Unicorn Fund Vice Chair VeRhonda Hembree.

Parents and grandparents didn't just get one toy for each child on their list.

"Each family got one large toy, which was like a $15-25 toy, then they got to get a $5-10 toy, one each for each of their children, then they got to go to the stocking stuffers, which were dollar items, two dollar items, they got to get 5 items a piece for each child," Hembree explained.

People picking out gifts say they're grateful for the help.

"It's helped me and my family get Christmas gifts when I ain't had the money to get it," Green said.

"A lot of the folks that volunteer for us also receive things for their children. They don't have money to buy gifts, but they come and donate their time," Hembree said.

Any toys left over from Saturday's distribution in Oneida were packed up and will be taken to Morgan County for the distribution there Thursday, December 20.

Parents will be able to pick up toys from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 20th.

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