BY TOM BUSSELBERG
CLEARFIELD – Christmas is but days away and the “cupboard is almost bare” when it comes to toys for needy Sub for Santa youngsters.
“We have 500 families who have signed up for our Sub for Santa and we have virtually no toys,” said Daneen Adams, assistant director of the Family Connection Center.
It operates the largest Sub for Santa in Davis County, and operates crisis and respite nurseries in Bountiful and Clearfield.
“It’s so depressing. We probably have a quarter of what we need,” Adams said.
“We don’t know why we are so short, if it’s due to a late start because of Thanksgiving falling later, or what,” she said.
An estimated 1,800 children from low income families will be served, the same number as last year. Each child receives two toys as well as gloves and a stocking hat.
Those participating have been screened for need, Adams said.
“We need items for both boys and girls, from birth to 17, as long as it doesn’t cost more than $20 per item,” she said.
The biggest need is for boys’ gifts in the 12-17 age bracket. Hoodies and gift cards tend to be popular, Adams said.
“It’s always more difficult to get enough for the older kids. Everybody seems to want to buy for the younger kids,” she said.
Toys need to be new and unwrapped. They can be delivered to the Bountiful center, 130 E. 100 North, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 20; to the Clearfield center, 1360 E. 1450 S., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, or to the Family Connection Center Food Bank, 875 E. Highway 193 in Layton, 8 a.m.-noon through Friday or Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
“We’re just asking for toys for the kids. We’re not taking on any more families,” Adams emphasized.
All items are kept in the warehouse at the Food Bank, and gifts will be dispersed Friday and Saturday.
“Last year, when we escorted people through, one woman started crying when she saw the hats and gloves,” Adams said.
She had lost her job just before Christmas and expressed gratitude most for the hats and gloves, which are hand-made by members of a local LDS ward.
“When people are living paycheck to paycheck, and then you lose your job, an it’s Christmas, you’re in big trouble,” Adams said.
“If you can’t get there any sooner than Saturday, we welcome you,” she emphasized.
For more information, call 801-773-0712.