Madison County Food Bank director Bobbie Rooker was worried back in November that there wouldn’t be enough toys to bring smiles to needy kids in the county on Christmas morning.
“I was just thinking with the economy like it is, and with donations down, I was really nervous,” said Rooker. “But if we leave it in God’s hands, he makes it work.”
The long-time food bank director isn’t worried anymore.
She said Madison County citizens have turned out in force in 2013 to offer more toy donations than she’s seen as director.
“This is the largest amount I’ve ever seen donated,” said Rooker. “It’s just amazing. It’s been overwhelming the number of new people contributing.”
Rooker said about 400 needy children in Madison County will have smiles on their faces thanks to the countywide efforts by numerous individuals and organizations. She stood Friday with her assistant, Tracy Morgan, along with Sheriff Kip Thomas, Chief Deputy Shawn Burns and BOC chairman Anthony Dove looking at the food bank storage room filled to capacity with dolls, trucks, games and a wide assortment of other toys to get kids in the Christmas mood.
The storage room at the Madison County Food Bank is pictured with a room full of toys last week. About 400 local kids in need will have a better Christmas thanks to community wide toy drive efforts. Pictured (front, L-R) are food bank director Bobbie Rooker, assistant Tracy Morgan, (back row) BOC chairman Anthony Dove and Sheriff Kip Thomas.
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