Walker County ‘Share A Toy’ program loses funding

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JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — Families living in Walker County who get assistance to help their kids have a merry Christmas were given some bad news. The organization called Share A Toy of Walker county will not be handing out toys this year.

Jasper Resident Olanda Webster is heartbroken.  The Jasper resident is a mother of three and a grandmother who used the program four years ago to give her family toys for Christmas.

“It will be heartbreaking because now how will kids get Christmas. They are going to wake up Christmas morning and look under the tree and nothing will be there, and this is sad,” Webster said.

Share A Toy of Walker County has been giving away toys to children for 28 years. According to Walker County Probate Judge Rick Allison, who serves on the Share A Toy board, the organization lost a major donor and won’t have enough money to provide toys this Christmas.

“It just wasn’t feasible for us to continue this. And we hate to see it go away, our hearts are saddened but without funding we can’t make it happen,” Allison said.

But there is some good news according to Allison. The Jasper Salvation Army will be picking up some of the slack this year, and is planning a toy

giveaway. Director Stephanie Holcomb says it feels good to be able to help as many kids as possible.

“And we want all children to enjoy Christmas. So we are going to step in and do what we can,” Holcomb said.

Last Christmas, Share a Toy of Walker County raised $35,000 dollars to help 700 families. Every year the organization hands out 500 toys for kids for the holiday.

If you live in Walker County, you can contact the Salvation Army to see if you qualify for their toy giveaway. The number is (205) 221-7737.

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