Toy drive held for children of murder victims
Healing on Both Sides wants kids whose parents may be incarcerated or deceased due to violence to also have gifts on Christmas morning.
Christmas morning millions of children open gifts.
"It’s the Christmas season when kids expecting something from Santa, and expecting to wake up Christmas and having something like all other kids,” said Jackie Siler. Some children don’t; Healing on Both Sides want kids whose parents may be incarcerated or deceased due to violence to also have gifts.
“We don't want these kids to be different. We want them to be able to fit right in with the rest of the kids in the community,” said James Moreland, Organizer, Healing on Both Sides.
Saturday, volunteers collected dolls, trucks, and other toys to make several youth's Christmas merry. Jackie Siler brought a doll and a remote control car.
She did it because she lost a nephew and niece to violence back in 2006 and 2011. Their kids are now being raised by their grandmother.
“It's a challenge when you got your kids almost grown, and then you have to come back and take care of some grand kids, it is a struggle, it's like starting all over,” said Siler.
Saturday the group also collected $500. Organizers say it's a start, but not enough to make the holidays jolly for families going through hard times this season.
“We really need more people to fill the need to reach out to these particular kids who are victims of what had happened to their parents,” said Moreland.
The group plans to hand the gifts out to the kids December 20th so if you missed today's drive you still have time to donate. They are having another toy drive Saturday December 12th from 11 am-1 pm on East 3rd St. next to SunTrust bank. For more information call 423-364-1697.