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Toy Store shows signs of 'big need'
by Brant Sappington
Nov 03, 2017 | 1409 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The start of registration for the 2017 Lighthouse Foundation Toy Store showed a big need for help in the community this Christmas.

The foundation kicked off registration last Thursday for this year’s edition of the annual program helping those in need provide Christmas presents for their children.

Foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness said they had 55 people sign up for assistance Thursday. He said it’s absolutely vital for those wishing to participate in the program to register because the effort works on a tight budget and they must know how many people they need to serve.

Registration continues each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the foundation’s building on South Johns Street. These sessions will continue through Nov. 16. There will also be an evening registration session on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for those unable to attend one of the morning sessions. A final registration day for anyone unable to attend one of the earlier sessions is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Those registering must bring a Social Security card and birth certificate for each child, along with proof of residency in Alcorn County such as a power bill, water bill or other document showing their physical address in the county. They must also pay a $5 registration fee.

“We’re really concerned about getting the word out so hurting families can take advantage of one of the positive things the Christian community is doing,” said Caveness.

The foundation is also seeking donations to support the effort. Caveness said he knows they are blessed to live in a community that always supports their efforts to help others and they are again counting on the people of Alcorn County to come together to make a difference this year for hurting families.

Donations can be made in person at the foundation or by mail to P.O. Box 2121, Corinth, MS 38835.

Volunteers are also needed to assist recipients on Toy Store shopping day set for Dec. 7. All volunteers must attend one of two training sessions in order to participate. Volunteer training is set for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

For more information on the program and how to help, call the Lighthouse Foundation at 662-286-0091.
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