“We understand that the holiday season can be challenging for many families,” Mercer said. “We run Christmas Smiles to ensure every child has their wishes fulfilled and needs met during the winter months. Our primary goal for the Christmas Smiles program is to alleviate the possibility of Christmas Day being a burden to Moraine families, and instead(help them) enjoy this time and create happy memories that will last a lifetime.”
Donors may stop by Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main St., or Gerhardt Civic Center, 3050 Kreitzer Road, to contribute non-perishable, non-expired food items, new rolls of wrapping paper and tape, miscellaneous children’s toys and clothing and gift cards that can be given to children.
Also accepted are monetary donations in the form of cash or checks payable to the Moraine Foundation, a tax-credit charitable organization. Donations must be dropped off through and including Nov. 29.
Area residents can help by coming into the PRC or GCC to select a child or family to adopt. Adoptions close on Nov. 24.
Christmas Smiles accepts a limited number of volunteers to assist with the program by sorting canned goods, preparing food boxes, and assisting with pickup day. Those interested may call Mercer at 937-535-1077 or program coordinator Tiffany Doakes at 937-535-1096.