Project Santa Helps Kids Have A Good Christmas

Christmas is a little tougher for many this year.

The Open Door Mission is there to help needy families sign up for Project Santa.

The two day operation started this morning and a lot of people were there very early.

The line started assembling well before dawn.

Jennifer Kennedy and four-month-old Emma were 27th in line.

"By the time we got in the door the line went back two blocks," she said.

Money is tight right now for many families across the area but the season rolls on.

Jennifer has three children and she wants them to have a good Christmas.

"The kids wouldn't have nothing if it weren't for programs like this," she said.

While children and toys are a big part of Christmas, so are a few lessons for us all.

"To make the kids happy and have them enjoy life, you're only kids once," she said. "We try to teach them that its good to give also as it is to receive."

Vince Hoffman has four boys to find presents for.

While son JJ checks out the options, Vince says we never know which side of the fence life puts us on.

"We donate when we can too," he said. "I think its good that kids can come in and have a good holiday. Everybody need to help out everybody. I'm very happy that people do this kind of stuff."

The majority of people here today do work.

Candace Gregory, C-E-O of the Open Door Mission said they're just looking for a little help during tough times.

"If they would stand in the cold for two to three hours to register for a toy bag for their child, it really shows you that they are on need," she said.

Many here are in a similar situation as Kassie Kennedy. She recently lost her job.

This is the first time she's needed help.

"You just don't think you'll have to come to these places but when you do you feel comfortable and you know they're going to treat you good and some times you just got to do what you've got to do," she said.

Kassie's hoping for a good Christmas with five-year-old Noah.

They're off to a good start.

"He found this buzz light-year guy and he was extremely happy about that," she said.

There are no X-Box or I-Pads on these shelves.

Just toys that once brightened young faces with a chance to shine again.

"Thank God they're here," Kassie said.

The mission is still in need of volunteers to help sort toys and hang clothes the next few weeks and more to help pass out toys on December 19th.


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