Buck Run joining effort to aid needy families

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Buck Run Community Center is once again joining in the local effort to help needy families during the Christmas season.

Staff at the center are inviting area residents and organizations to participate in its annual holiday Secret Santa program, in which donated clothes, shoes, coats and toys are made available to needy families in Fort Scott. The program is scheduled to take place from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 735 Scott Ave.

"It gives the ones that need it an opportunity to get something back," Fort Scott Recreation Commission Director Tom Robertson said.

Robertson said the program is not new to BRCC, but organizers have made some changes this year to a holiday assistance program that the center has conducted for several years.

"The format has changed," he said. "It used to be a rummage sale-style event to raise money and small items were donated ... All funds were used to adopt a family."

This year, area families may bring any old clothing items, shoes, coats or toys to the center, and the items will then be distributed to local people in need. All items will be free of charge and available for "anybody who wants to come in," Robertson said.

There are no eligibility requirements to receive donated items, however, there may be a limit on the number of items each individual may receive, Robertson said.

"We may have to limit items to allow everyone an opportunity to get something," he said.

The center will also have a box or jar available for donated money that will also be used to help needy area families. BRCC staff and other area volunteers will be on hand the days of the program to help organize items for pickup.

Remaining items that are not collected will be donated to local charitable organizations, Robertson said.

Items are currently being accepted at the center.

"Please help to show the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season for those families in need," a BRCC statement said.

For more information, call BRCC at (620) 223-0386.