FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Christmas gift shopping can be painfully expensive. Despite news about the upswing in the economy, there are still hundreds of families in Fairborn needing help for the holidays.
A gently-used toy giveaway at the Fairborn United Methodist Church Friday night helped families looking for gifts to give this holiday season. Hundreds of people from the Fairborn area attended the event including Kelsea Jones who was visiting for the first time.
“I was living in a shelter so I couldn’t really afford things like toys when I was there so my son didn’t have any toys to play with there,” one parent said.
The church hears stories like hers every holiday season.
“We hear amazing, heartbreaking stories every year about people who lost a job or a grandmother in some dire need and this is where she gets toys for her grandkids,” Aaron Chivington, the lead pastor said.
The pastor says they help an average of 250 kids a year. The rise of children in need and donations has helped the giveaway grow since it started about 8 years ago.
“We had like three tables and a small truck full of stuff. We actually carted it downtown. This gym is just packed with toys and it’s a blessing. It takes us several hours to set up and it’s just awesome,” Chivington said.
Parents like Jones are thankful for those hours of work is just hopes to see a smile on her child’s faces.