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Pre-registration under way for church toy giveaway

December 3, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Sometimes Santa needs a little help. That's why the North Fort Myers First Baptist Church is asking families in need to sign up for an opportunity to go toy shopping for their kids.

Pre-registration began Monday for the church's second-annual toy giveaway and will continue until Thursday, Dec. 12. The actual giveaway will happen on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon at the church at 75 Evergreen Road.

Pastor Les Morgan started the giveaway upon arriving at the church last year, and in its first year helped 75 families provide toys for their children.

The church, with the help of the North Fort Myers Fire Department and Morgan's brother-in-law, Assistant Fire Chief John Manson, was able to fill several tables full of gifts ranging from baby dolls to 10-speed bicycles.

"One of the things we like to do is connect with people and we are in the people business. It's a great way to help a family and do what we can to make sure they are cared for and that God loves them and we happen to be the agent to share the love of God with people that need his blessing," Morgan said. "It was amazing what we were able to do last year."

The fire department, along with Dollar General and fellow church members, are helping out this year.

Naida Stebbens, who is organizing the event again this year, said the church will conduct interviews with the families from 9 a.m. to noon every day to screen the applicants.

"They will be asked their name, address, phone number and the age and gender of the children. They can be anything from infant to fifth grade," Stebbens said.

Stebbens said that after last year's success, they hope they can help as many as 150 families this time around, as they believe they will have more toys.

"We're just glad the fire department chose us because it brings people into our church and makes them aware we're here," Stebbens said. "Church is more than Sunday morning. We should be involved in the community to the best of our capacity."

It is asked the parents who register don't bring their children, as that would ruin the Christmas morning surprise. It is also asked that they be North Fort Myers residents.

To register, call the church at 995-2150.



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