Registration winds down this week for the project which will help provide Christmas presents for hundreds of families throughout Alcorn County.
The community has shown a huge need for the program since registration began at the first of the month, said foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness. As of Monday afternoon more than 400 families had already been registered for the program with four registration sessions still to be held.
“It’s going to be an all time high,” he said. “There’s such a big need out there.”
Registration continues today and Thursday at the foundation’s building on S. Johns Street in Corinth. Sessions are set for 9 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Thursday’s sessions will be the final opportunity for people to register for the program. Those registering for help should bring a photo ID; proof of residency in Alcorn County (such as a utility bill, rent or mortgage statement or other official paperwork showing where they live) and a social security card and birth certificate for each child they are registering.
Caveness said it’s essential that anyone who feels they may need assistance from the project to get registered. With the massive need this year it will be difficult for them to provide for anyone not already registered after registration closes.
The Toy Store is funded through donations from individuals and groups in the community and they depend each year on the generosity of the area’s citizens to help them help others during the Christmas season. Financial donations are needed as are volunteers to help with all aspects of the project.
Donations may be mailed to The Lighthouse Foundation, P.O. Box 2121, Corinth, MS 38835.
Those interested in learning more about the program or in volunteering their time can call 662-286-0091 for more information.