JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Toys for Tots officials are doing everything they can to make sure kids in Jackson County have a merry Christmas. For Jackson and George County Toys for Tots coordinator Pam Williams, it was a job given to her through divine intervention.
"It's just something that God laid on my heart, something I felt like I was supposed to do. I absolutely love helping the community," said Williams.
This past weekend, there was somewhat of a roadblock keeping her from helping hundreds, which left some Jackson County residents upset after waiting in line for toys that never came two days in a row.
"We had a shortage of toys, and we had a delay, and we had to have time to get the toys in the building. But as you can see, we have toys, and we are in business," said Williams.
Williams decided to call in some help from some of the men and women who protect our nation's freedom. Staff Sgt. Lisa Flores was a Marine who personally lent a helping hand to make things happen.
"It's amazing. The community and businesses in the area, the Marines, the coordinators and all the volunteers here today, they put a lot of effort into doing what we're doing today for the families and the children so they can have a Christmas," said Flores.
Also because of the Toys for Tots program, single mother of three and disabled worker Jennifer Sigalas will be able to bring joy to her kids come this Sunday morning.
"I patiently waited in line today from 11 until now. We've been in line all day. Whatever they give them, grateful to have. A lot of people are by us about it. A lot of people aren't happy with the program. They should be happy to get anything at all," said Sigalas,
For parents who weren't able to pick up toys for their kids, they can pick up toys anywhere from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.