BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- One annual holiday tradition in Boone County that helps put gifts under the tree for local kids may fall short this season.
This is the 19th year that His Glory Mission in Belvidere has organized a toy giveaway for families in need. Last year, the mission provided presents for 2,600 kids. This year the toy giveaway is on Sunday, December 23rd. The goal is to hand out 3,000 toys that night. However, the mission's director estimates with two weeks to go, he's only got about half that number.
“Every year you worry about the volume of children that show up with the need and you might not have the resource and they stand out in the cold and you disappoint them, so there's always a big burden on my heart to send some child and family home because we didn’t have enough resources.”
The biggest need is for boys and girls between 3 and 10 years old. If you want to help out, toys can be brought to Evangelical Covenant Church at 220 East Harrison Street in Belvidere. That’s where the toy giveaway will be starting at 6pm on December 23rd. You can also call (815) 547-6471 or after 12pm call (815) 319-5896.