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Toys for Tots applications still being accepted

Families who need a little help making their children’s Christmas morning a little brighter have until Saturday to submit an application to Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots of Pearl River County Director Theresa Milar said that applications for the holiday assistance are being accepted at World Outreach Revival Center at 900 Cayten Street, Picayune until Saturday. From now until Friday applications can be found there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday applications can be submitted there from 9 a.m. to noon.

Milar said that in order to submit an application, the parent will need to bring photo identification, proof of residency in Pearl River County and the birth certificate of the child who will receive the toys. Each child who qualifies will receive at least five toys and some stocking stuffers. Toys will be distributed on the 17th or 18th of this month; details will be provided to the families directly through Toys for Tots.

Anyone who is interested in donating items to Toys for Tots can do so by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at any of the many locations in and around Picayune with donation boxes. The donation boxes will be picked up by Toys for Tots volunteers on or about Dec. 14.

A Toys for Tots fundraising breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 at Nissan of Picayune. Tickets for the breakfast are $5 and an unwrapped toy. Milar said this is the seventh year the fundraiser has been held by the local car dealership. For more information about the fundraiser, call Nissan of Picayune at 601-889-5465 ext. 465.

Toys for Tots volunteers are also selling raffle tickets for a gift basket filled with $2,000 worth of gift cards, gift certificates and other items from local stores. Tickets are $1 each or 25 tickets can be purchased for $20 from local retailers, including PJs Coffee, RiverBanks Trophy Shop, Affordable Insurance and Pine Tree Lanes.

Milar said that all proceeds from the fundraiser and raffle will be used to buy toys for local children.