After a month of collecting donations through News 3’s Holiday Hope campaign, the toy shop is officially open at Bluffton Self Help.
Parents who signed up through the organization can now shop for Christmas presents free of charge.
“Christmas is such a special time of year, and it’s a really hard time for folks right now,” said Bluffton Self Help Director Kimberly Hall. “It’s important because the parents really have a good sense of relief when they leave here knowing that they have the toys and just a little piece of Christmas morning that they can provide for their kids.”
With donations from Holiday Hope, the Bluffton Police Department, Collin’s Group Reality and several neighborhoods, Bluffton Self Help has more than 10,000 toys to give away this year.
And with about half of the community living paycheck to paycheck in Bluffton, this shop means a brighter holiday for more than 2,000 kids.
“Knowing that we can provide folks in need with a really special time and some hope, then that’s what we’re here for,” Hall said.
Some of the toys went to organizations helping families in Jasper and Hampton counties.
Parents shopping Monday expressed their gratitude.
“We see so many people that have so much and don’t appreciate it. And these people appreciate it,” said Kathy Byrd, a volunteer.
If you live in the Lowcountry and need assistance this holiday season, it’s not too late to sign up.
Contact Bluffton Self Help at 843-757-8000.