The Lighthouse Foundation is gearing up for a Toy Store unlike any other.

While the pandemic is forcing changes to some procedures, organizers say it’s also created a great need in the community and they’re ready to join forces with supporters to care for those struggling this Christmas.

“We’re going to be careful and cautious and create a safe environment to create a wonderful Christmas for people,” said Lighthouse Foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness.

Registration for the annual toy giveaway program begins Monday, November 2 and will continue each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the foundation’s building on South Johns Street. An evening registration session will also be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those unable to attend one of the daytime sessions.

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. This year there will be no registration fee.

Lisa Caveness explained they will be taking steps during the registration process to provide for social distancing by limiting the number of people waiting in the building, providing hand sanitizer and following all rules regarding the use of masks.

The annual giveway day will also take a different format this year. Instead of a single day, it will be split into two separate days, December 9 and 10, to reduce the number of people in the building at any single time.

Gary Caveness said they know this year more than ever people are struggling and they want to provide a resource to ensure every child has a bright and happy Christmas morning, and to share the love of God with the community.

“We’re anticipating the largest Toy Store ever,” he said.

With that big need comes a big need for support. Donations are being accepted now and can be made in person at the foundation or by mail to P.O. Box 2121, Corinth, MS 38835.

Volunteers will also be needed throughout the week of the giveaway, but no large volunteer training sessions will be held this year due to the need to limit large gatherings. Anyone interested in volunteering should call the foundation at 662-286-0091.

More information on the Toy Store can also be found at lighthousecorinth.org and on the foundation’s Facebook page.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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