McDONOUGH— Connecting Henry is asking for the community’s help in bringing Christmas to hundreds of county children this holiday season.
For the past 17 years, Connecting Henry has created a Winter Wonderland toy store to give parents the opportunity to shop for their children. All toys are donated.
Executive Director Barbara Coleman said this year has been particularly difficult for families due to the pandemic.
“So many families are suffering and have been displaced,” she said. “Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, and we want to do what we can to make someone’s life a little brighter.”
To kick off the annual toy drive, Connecting Henry is hosting Christmas in November on November 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Clark Community Park, 111 Davis Road in Stockbridge.
Despite their busy holiday schedule, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will stop by for a visit. There will be a live band with solo performances and entertainment for all ages. Admission to the event is a new, unwrapped toy.
Connecting Henry is accepting toy donations until November 30. Coleman said they need toys the most for kids between the ages of 8 and 12.
She suggests makeup, headphones, small electronics, hair items, sports equipment, arts and crafts, and bicycles or scooters.
“Buy whatever you would like for your child or grandchild,” she said.
Anyone wishing to drop off a toy can do so at Connecting Henry Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 30.
Coleman said monetary donations are also accepted. She said these funds are used to buy toys they might need and did not receive through a donation.
“The toy store is not included in our annual budget,” Coleman said. “It’s made by the community for the community.”
Children are directed to the Connecting Henry Toy Store through a partnership with Henry County Schools. Coleman said those who want to participate should contact their child’s social worker or guidance counselor.