Mid-South churches step in to save Christmas for kids - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Mid-South churches step in to save Christmas for kids

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WMC-TV) - The economic crisis has stretched all the way to the North Pole.
   
Tough times have brought toy donations across the country to a crawl this holiday season.

"These bins should be full of the toys in their respective age groups, and as you can see... there's absolutely nothing in them," said Toys for Tots volunteer Betty Whalen.

Local organizations that collect toys for children say they're barely reaching their goals this year as a result of hard financial times.

But Mid-South churches like Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church are stepping in to give Santa a hand to bring Christmas cheer to local kids. The congregation's children are holding their own toy drive for children at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center.

"It's important for us as people period to step in, but especially churches, with us showing that we're a ministry," said volunteer Brittany Carmichael. "We're supposed to help the community...that's what churches are really supposed to do."
 
Each year, the children of Hill Chapel put on holiday performances for children at LeBonheur. But this year, they said they wanted to do something bigger - something that would leave more of a lasting impression.   
 
"This is our first time bringing toys," said volunteer LaNorfeia Holder. "Every year we come to LeBonheur, we perform. We either sing or we have one of our youth groups dance. This year we decided, 'let's give.'"

And while patients at LeBonheur are more in need of emotional than financial support, local organizations hope others will take Hill Chapel's lead and find some way to save Christmas for all kids in our community.



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