With Christmas just three days away several Texoma organizations are still in need. Nocona's A Hand Up received a very generous donation from one local organization. A Hand Up can now give needy families the Christmas they had wished for. A Hand Up opened its doors for us as they passed out bags of toys. Newschannel 6 crews were there to watch it all happen.
As families came in to pick up their weekly groceries they left with a few extra bags in hand. For the fist time A Hand Up was able to provide toys for children. Christy Borden, a Nocona resident comments, "If we didn't have this for our community I don't know how anybody would survive throughout the month. It is a blessing to have something in our community like this because if we didn't have this help, we wouldn't be able to make it."
Borden depends on A Hand Up to make it by did not expect to leave with a bag full of toys for her two sons. Boxes and boxes of toys were donated by Nocona's Christian Motorcyclists Association Chapter 119. The Motorcyclist club partnered with Toys For Tots to be able to provide to families in need. Tom Jenkins, Chaplin with Nocona's CMA says, "People come here expecting more used items or donated items from people. These children are getting brand new toys that are far beyond their expectations."
Jenkins says the CMA even surpassed their own expectations. Bringing in a thousand toys this year. As Jenkins passed out bags of toys to families he was reminded of what the Christmas season should be all about. "The spirit is what you give from your heart so when you give, give with the feeling that what you get back is much greater then what you're giving."
Nocona's Christian Motorcyclists Association riders tell us they have been in existence for about two years. Working with Toys For Tots was their first large project. They plan to do more fundraising and rides throughout the year to raise funds for A Hand Up.