Registration begins for annual Toy Store
Christmas is just around the corner and while for some families it means visions of presents under the tree, for others it means worries about how to afford gifts for their children. The Lighthouse Foundation is once again ready to help those struggling families in Alcorn County with the 2017 edition of its annual Toy Store program. Registration to receive help from the program begins this Thursday, Nov. 2 and continues each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the foundation’s building on South Johns Street. These sessions will continue through Nov. 16. There will also be an evening registration session on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for those unable to attend one of the morning sessions. A final registration day for anyone unable to attend one of the earlier sessions is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness said he knows there are a lot of people hurting in the community and he’s expecting to see a big need for help this year. It’s essential those wanting to receive help from the Toy Store register by the deadline because the budget for the program is always tight and it’s not possible to provide for those who aren’t preregistered. Those registering must bring a Social Security card and birth certificate for each child, along with proof of residency in Alcorn County such as a power bill, water bill or other document showing their physical address in the county. They must also pay a $5 registration fee. A big need for help means a big need for support and Caveness said they are again asking the community to help them help those in need this Christmas season. Donations are needed and can be made in person at the foundation or by mail to P.O. Box 2121, Corinth, MS 38835. Volunteers are also needed to assist recipients on Toy Store shopping day set for Dec. 7. All volunteers must attend one of two training sessions in order to participate. Volunteer training is set for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. For more information on the program and how to help, call the Lighthouse Foundation at 662-286-0091.