Project 25 Delivers Toys to Needy Recipients

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Cynthia Simpson was moved to tears when Project 25 Organizer, Becky Johns, opened up her van Friday afternoon.

Simpson is a 21-year-old single mother of two young children, who lives with her three sisters-in-law and their 8 children. Johns' van was filled with toys for Simpson’s children as well as her nieces and nephews.

"I didn't expect this much that's for sure. We expected a little bit, you know, a present a piece we would've been happy. That's enough for us but this is just amazing," said Cynthia Simpson.

Cynthia is one of 200 or so families receiving help from the Bay County Sheriff's Office Project 25 this year.

"They don't have the extra money for Christmas. They don't have extra money to take the kids to the movie because that's an arm and a leg any more you know, and we just love helping people like that," said Becky Johns, the Coordinator for Project 25.

"You don't know how much we appreciate it. I work 57 hours a week and so to spend time with my children is a lot to me. So to go shopping, that takes time away from them and these people took time away from their children, their jobs, just to do this for us. And the people that donated the money, thank you!," said Simpson.

Organizers say they have about 200 more children they are trying buy gifts for. You can donate money or toys at the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    Children really don't actually NEED toys. It would be nice to have a doll or a car to play with. But they don't have to have them.My sister said that when she was small they didn't have money to waste, so she remembered cutting out paper baby dolls to play with. Mama gave her a doll, she'd made from scrap cloth and she said she loved that doll so much.My brother said he used to push around bricks in the yard and make car sounds.Daddy would make whistles out of reeds, and sling shots out of tree branches. I really don't think children have imaginations anymore.
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