JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hundreds of kids lined up at the Medgar Evers Library to receive toys, bikes and a little Christmas cheer.
“Anytime you think about a child having a merry Christmas, it’s special to put a smile on a child’s face, but it’s extremely rewarding when you grow up in the poor neighborhoods and you see something," said Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes. "It might not be a a lot, but it’s something.”
Stokes, along with the Medgar Evers Library, have put on the toy drive for the children for over 30 years. Bikes, clothes, and stocking stuffers were among the many items donated by local churches, lawyers and Kenneth Stokes himself.
“The overall meaning for Christmas is Christ," said Natalie Mitchell. "That’s the reason for the season. I believe Kenneth Stokes’s purpose is to have no child left without a toy for the holiday season.”
The organizations main goal for this event is to make sure Santa Claus never misses a child.
Stokes says even though they have been doing this event for years, seeing a child’s face light up never gets old.