By Janet Cruz
As many children eagerly await Christmas morning to open presents under their Christmas tree, some families are without and are in extra need of gifts this holiday season. One organization that stays under the radar is ready to spread cheer this year by collecting and delivering toys to families in need.
Hava-Christmas Spirit is a local nonprofit which is dedicated to helping families get a hand up each year by providing gifts to children who may not otherwise receive them. Through, wish lists and adopters, the organization matches items with the child requesting it. They are collected near Mesquite Avenue and later bagged up and packed in a truck for delivery.
The nonprofit maintains a program that ensures to cross reference their lists with other area lists to prevent double dipping and have rules in place to prevent repeat applications.
The organization’s CEO and Executive Director Marti Huggett’s goal is to ensure all children who receive a toy, keep a little Christmas spirit in their hearts.
For more information on the organization, visit their group Facebook page at HAVA-Christmas Spirit Program 2022 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/793864590957590/?ref=share&mibextid=NSMWBT where you can adopt a child and sponsor a gift or donate a toy.