Over 2,400 Children Receive Toys For Christmas

Oneida, TN (2009-12-30) In only their second year of joint cooperation, three local charitable organizations distributed toys to more than 2,400 children for Christmas.

On Saturday, December 19, 2009, the Unicorn Fund, the local unit of the Salvation Army and the Morgan/Scott Project, in collaboration other non-profit organizations, served 681 families this holiday season, providing gifts to 2,414 children for Christmas.

For years, the Unicorn Fund and the Salvation Army have been providing toys to underserved children at Christmas.  In 2008, Terrie Cross, working with the Salvation Army, approached Verhonda Hembree, project leader for the Unicorn Fund, about joining forces in the endeavor.  Last year, the joint project served 516 families, providing two toys to 1,248 children.

Despite inclement weather that delayed the start of distribution, this year’s effort served nearly twice as many children, distributing nearly 5,000 toys.  In addition to the 2,414 children served at the distribution, another 40 foster children received toys, along with another 500 kids in Morgan County, who were helped by the Unicorn Fund and Scott/Morgan Project.

Many of the gifts were donated to the Unicorn Fund by a host of contributors, including businesses, churches, civic clubs, schools and other groups.  The Mission of Hope and Operation Sharing Tennessee gave gifts to the Salvation Army.  Morgan/Scott Project and the Elgin Foundation provide financial support for the project.

Over a two-day period, nearly 90 persons gave of their time and talents to help collect, organize, distribute, and wrap gifts.  “We don’t have a listing of all those persons, but no group has ever worked together better of any harder,” said organizers.

The distribution was held at the Boys and Girls Club of Scott County.  “Our thanks to Rhonda Wright (CPO) and the Boys and Girls Club employees who worked so that the event could be held at his central location,” commented organizers.