Dec. 25, 2013 —
Parents also get to pick out an unwrapped gift from the center table for each child. A truck from the Salvation Army in Ashland arrived on Friday with the majority of the toys for the center.
“The post commander asked what we needed and they came through for us with an entire truck full,” Walker said.
Bob Caummisar is another long-time member of the PMC group.
“The expressions of gratitude make it worthwhile,” Caummisar said. “There are 28,000 people in this county and we know more than the 600 kids we get to help tomorrow are needy.”
The group has some self-imposed rules for toys such as no guns, nothing warlike or that promotes violence. They also have very few toys that take batteries.
Caummisar said he hopes that newly- formed organizations and area churches will consider joining Project Merry Christmas in order to reach more people.
“We feel like every year a new group decides to event Christmas for a needy family,” Caummisar said. “We would like for those organizations to join with us in making sure we reach as many needy families as possible.”