EATON — ‘Tis the season for giving… the Christmas holiday is almost upon us, and Santa just might need help in Preble County this year.
The Register-Herald’s 13th Annual Kids for Kids Open House and Toy Drive aims to help make the jolly old elf’s job a little easier in tough economic times. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m., in Santa’s Cabin, at Fort St. Clair in Eaton.
Bring a new toy to help Santa out.
Families can enjoy refreshments and children can have their photo taken with Santa. Make sure and bring your letter for Santa, or write one while you are visiting the cabin. Children will also be able to color their entries into the White Christmas Committee’s annual coloring contest, for a chance to win gift cards from area department stores.
All toys collected each year go to the Preble County Christmas for Kids Project, a community collaborative which serves Preble County families during the holiday season.
Over the course of the past 13 years, the Kids for Kids toy drive has collected nearly 11,000 toys for the initiative. Last year, over 800 were donated.
The Kids for Kids event was conceived as a “reverse” holiday tradition, allowing children to practice the art of giving in helping Santa help local families have Christmas toys under the tree each year.
Watch for more fun announcements over the next several weeks.
Register for help
The 2015 Preble County Christmas for Kids program registration will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 111 Lutheran Dr. Eaton, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Registration for help is a one day event.
Families wishing to receive toys for their children ages 0-15 years should bring with them three months’ proof of income, proof of custody and age of the children, and proof of current address and a picture ID.
Examples of proof of custody can include a medical insurance card, medical records, school report card, mail addressed to the child, legal custody document or any document that links the child to the household.
To be eligible, families must meet the income guidelines, have custody of the child, and live in Preble County. Those living in the Twin Valley South School District will be directed to the West Alexandria toy drive. (TVS district residents may call 937-839-4823 for help with toys.)
Income guidelines are: family of two, $2,655 per month or $31,860 per year; three, $3,348/month or $40,180/year; four, $4,041/month or $48,500/year; five, $4,735/month or $56,820/year; six, $5,428/month or $65,140/year; seven, $6,121/month or $73,460/year; eight, $6,815/month or $81,780/year.
Preble County Christmas for Kids is made possible by the collaborative efforts of many community partners, included United Way, Preble County TASC and Treament Services; Grace Lutheran Church, Judge Jennifer Overmeyer and staff; Preble County Job and Family Services, Silfex, Inc., Community Action Partnership, Educational Service Center.
Anyone interested in donating new toys can drop them off at Santa’s Cabin at Ft. St. Clair on Saturday, Dec. 5, during The Register-Herald’s Kids for Kids collection event, or drop off donations at The Register-Herald’s office, 200 Eaton-Lewisburg Road, Suite 105, Eaton.
Eddie Mowen Jr. can be reached at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.