COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's Christmas shopping time for some select parents in the Columbus area, and the Valley Rescue Mission's toy store officially opened on Monday, Dec. 5.
This store isn't just for anyone, however – it's specifically for parents who signed up for holiday assistance in October.
LaToya Picou of Columbus is one of many parents picking out toys to give to her kids on Christmas. For four years she's being coming to the toy store so her son and daughter will have something under the tree.
"Sometime it's very hard trying to work and take care of your household and being able to get things for your kids," Picou said. "I don't know where I would be without the Valley Rescue Mission."
Donated toys are displayed by age groups and separated for boys and girls. More than 1,300 children will be helped over these next two weeks the store is open.
"There a lot of needy families in the community especially at Christmastime and this just takes a little bit of the burden off the families," said Pat Malloy, program assistant at the Valley Rescue Mission.
The Valley Rescue Mission is always in need of new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls from newborn to 12 years old.
You can drop them off at the Valley Rescue Mission on 2nd Avenue in Columbus at any time.