Bryan County has been doing a children’s Christmas stocking fund program for over 15 years, and while it’s changed names, the Bryan County Children’s Fund is still working to help make everyone in the community have a merry holiday.
Tara Jennings of Family Connection is in charge of the program and said the application process has been open for roughly a month.
"We are receiving applications and they are steadily coming in. To date, we have gotten over 100, she said. "This is kind of one-stop-shop in Bryan County – all the churches, schools and social services make referrals. It’s a streamline of resources."
Jennings said each application averages two to three children on it, and the program tries to allocate about $100 per child.
"Even though the Good Ol’ Boys Golf Scramble went really well, we’re still in need," she said, encouraging the community to step in and help.
"People can adopt a child or family, make a direct donation, or make a donation of toys or clothing items. There are multiple ways people can help. For anyone who is interested, just give (Family Connection) a call," she said.
For those who are still interested in submitting an application, the deadline is Nov. 30. Jennings said families won’t be notified about being selected until they have a better idea of how much they have to work with.
For those in the community who wish to make a monetary donation to the Children’s Fund program, drop off contributions at the Bryan County News office on Ford Avenue or send checks to the Bryan County Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 1857, Richmond Hill, GA 31324. To contribute toys or clothes, bring them to the Richmond Hill Police Department or call Jennings to set up a pick-up. Jennings said everyone who makes a donation will be acknowledged, but everything must be in by Friday, Dec. 14, for distribution the following week.
For more information, Jennings can be reached at 756-3602.