Toys and groceries acquired through donations made to the Concordia Christmas Charity Fund will be distributed on Dec. 21 at 8 a.m. at the Ferriday High School cafeteria, according to Rena Pitts.
Donations made through early this week included:
Delta Bank, $1,000.
Concordia Bank, $1,000.
Tensas Bank, $500.
First Presbyterian Church, $250.
Lake St. John Exercise Group, $100.
George and Lynette Tanner, $400.
Krewe of Panola, $250.
Tri-Parish Panhellenic, $458.95.
Barry and Ann Maxwell, $250, in memory of Claire Maxwell and Evelyn Garrett.
New Morning Star Baptist Church, $100.
Pitts family, $300, in memory of Ray and L’il Ray.
Kally Dennig, $250, in memory of Tommy Dennig.
In 2018, 450 children ages 2 to 12 were given toys or gift cards, while 250 families and senior citizens were each given a bag of groceries
The fund assisted approximately 700 people last Christmas, Pitts said.
Expenditures totaled $9,816.35 with $4,909.36 spent on toys and gift cards and $4,906.99 on food, including ham, garlic links, green beans, corn, sugar, rice, canned sweet potatoes, a large candy cane with candy inside it, cookies or a box of popcorn.
Additionally, 20-plus walk-ins on the day of distribution were provided a bag of groceries, a gift card or a toy for the children.