Dozens of toys were collected by the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors Thursday for Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
Members of the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors have donated about 150 toys to Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. They were collected during an annual HAAR breakfast at Southern Oaks and Gardens Thursday morning.
The toys will be given away to needy children Saturday during Christian Services' annual Birthday Party for Jesus at the Ben McNair Center.
Wednesday, Christian Services' founder Bill Prout made an appeal for additional toy donations for that event. He said Thursday he's now confident that each child who attends will receive a toy.
"Really, at this point, I have no doubt in my mind that we're going to be OK," Prout said. "There are more toys coming in today and tomorrow, so every kid is still going to get that real, real special toy for Christmas."
"We see the need with Christian Services and we collected over 140 toys," said Debra Pace, chairperson for the community services committee of the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors. "We believe in what they're doing for the community and for the needy children," she said.
Prout says about 500 children are expected to attend the Birthday Party for Jesus.