With just one more day left until Christmas, midstate charities have almost all the toys they need.
Most needs have been met except for bicycles for 9- through 12-year-olds, said Wayne Parks, the Bibb County director for Kids Yule Love. Still, since that is a bigger-ticket item, such a shortage is to be expected.
“Everybody knows you can’t get bikes for everybody every year,” he said.
Still, if people want to donate a bike, they can call Parks at 904-315-9000.
“If they get one ... we’ll take it even if it’s the day after Christmas,” he said.
Other area organizations have also met similar success this season.
Maj. Alan Hill, area commander for the Salvation Army, said his organization met his goal of having things mostly wrapped up by the last day of school.
“We’re in good shape,” he said. “The Angel Tree is complete. We’re just doing emergency cases now.”
The Angel Tree campaign allows individuals and groups to get the names and Christmas wishes of area children in need via ornaments placed on trees at malls and other locations.
Hill said the organization wanted to have its collections done by the last day of school -- this past Friday for most area systems -- because the idea is to have parents picking up the gifts while kids are in school. That way, he said, the parents can set up their Christmas as normally as possible.
“That just makes it easy for the parents to take care of the children,” he said.
As a collaborative effort, Kids Yule Love is teaming with Salvation Army and Toys for Tots in Warner Robins, along with the Warner Robins Fire Department, to distribute toys on Pleasant Hill Road today at 4:45 p.m.
To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.