The rush is on to make sure there are enough gifts to fill the void under metro Christmas trees this season. The Open Door Mission is lighting the fuse on the Project Santa Toy Drive.
This is an effort to collect gifts for needy kids and teenagers. They're gathered by volunteers, "and then the toy bags are all bagged, then tagged for age and gender and parents come to pick up these toys to actually provide Christmas for their own families on Christmas morning," said Candace Gregory, president and CEO of the Open Door Mission.
While the project conjures up images of smiling young faces on Christmas day, Project Santa also fills a gap for teens who play crucial adult roles in many low-income households. That's why the target age for collections goes up to 18.
"And those ones, it's down to the wire for collecting those items because people just don't think of teenagers at Christmas," Gregory said.
Get in touch with the Mission if you'd like to donate or volunteer. You can start by visiting their page here on MomsEveryday.com.