RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Warm temperatures make it difficult to envision kids who get nothing at Christmas, but two business owners have kicked-off a toy collection drive. They say it's rough for many parents with so many job losses.
"People are having a tough time," said Andre Neita owner of Professional Moving and Storage. "They're having a hard time paying their bills so, if they're having a tough time paying their bills, how are they going to take care of their children during the holidays?"
You may remember the professional mover who has helped many families over the years. Now, he and businessman, Anton Colfield owner of Antonz Barber & Beauty Salon, are partners working to put presents in children's hands this holiday.
"A kid not getting a Christmas gift, it's like getting an "F" and everyone gets an "A" in school. You feel left out, you feel betrayed, you feel unwanted," said Colfield.
It's a huge mission in a small window of time. They want to collect at least 300 toys, bicycles and games for area children; toddlers to age 18.
"There are over 600 homeless children in the city of Richmond and well over a thousand men and women homeless in the city the statistics are staggering," said Colfield. "We only have a month and a half so to meet our objective. We need as much gifts donated as soon as possible."
There're 2 drop off locations for toys, bikes and games: Antonz Barber & Beauty Salon on 3412 Semmes Avenue, and 'Professional Moving and Storage' company at 133 Belt Boulevard. They're collecting new and like new toys.
You can drop them off Monday through Saturday during business hours. The toys will be given to 'St. Joseph's Villa' for distribution in time for Christmas.
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